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Dallin Museum to unveil newly acquired works

Posted by Brock Parker  May 7, 2010 09:00 AM

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The Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in Arlington Center will soon unveil three newly acquired works of art, including two pieces by the town’s celebrated sculptor.

The museum is inviting the public to attend the unveiling with a reception and tea at the museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Dallin’s family donated one of the pieces, a plaster bust called “My Mother” that Dallin created in 1904. The bust has recently been restored using a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and donations from museum supporters, according to the museum.

Dallin, who lived in Arlington and died in 1944, is most well known for his statues of Native Americans, Paul Revere and the Angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake City Temple of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-day Saints. He credited his mother with teaching him about art and beauty, according to the museum.

The museum has also acquired Dallin’s 1917 bronze sculpture called “George Abbott Smith.” Smith was and Arlington native and businessman who founded the Arlington Historical Society.

David Brodeur, son of Dallin’s student Paul Brodeur, has also donated a plaster profile of Dallin called “Cyrus Dallin, Sculptor” that Paul Brodeur created in 1909.

More than 50 of Dallin’s sculptures are on display at the museum, which is located at Whittemore Park at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Mystic Street. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information call 781-641-0747 or visit the museum’s website at www.dallin.org.

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