Gloria Victis

The Conservation of Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié's Bronze Monument to the Fallen

This exhibition celebtrates the recent conservation of Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié's bronze statue of Gloria victis (Glory to the Vanquished). Mercié made this statue to honor his fallen countrymen in the Franco-Prussian War, in particular, his friend and fellow artist Henri Regnault (1843–1871). The statue represents a winged allegorical figure of Death (Thanatos), who carries to glory a dying French soldier, his broken sword a symbol of French defeat.

Conservation performed by Dickinson graduate Meghan Abercrobie '15 working under the direction of conservator, Brian Howard. 

Gloria victis is a Gift of Harry F. Booth, Professor Emeritus, in memory of Sgt. Edwin Bray Booth (1925–1945), 513th PIR, killed in action in Operation Varsity. 2013.7.