Joseph Mozier

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The Prodigal Son (c. 1857), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Mozier (August 22, 1812 – October 3, 1870) was an American sculptor active in Italy.

He was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1812. In 1831 he moved to New York City where worked as a merchant. He retired from business around 1845, and shortly afterward went to Europe, studying sculpture for several years in Florence, after which he moved to Rome.

His best-known work is Undine, the title character in the novella by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, a water nymph who falls in love with a man. He won a grand prize for it in Rome in 1867.

He made a short visit to the United States in 1870, and was hospitalized upon his return in London, England. He died in Faids, Switzerland, while en route to his home in Italy.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  • Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889.
  • Madeleine B. Stern, "New England Artists in Italy 1835-1855", The New England Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Jun., 1941), pp. 243–271.
  • "Joseph Mozier" from AskArt.
  1. ^ "Obituary: Joseph Mozier." The Art Journal (London), January 1871.
  2. ^ Pocohantas from Art Institute of Chicago.
  3. ^ Truth from Flickr.
  4. ^ Silence from Flickr.
  5. ^ Rebecca at the Well from Flickr.
  6. ^ The American Schoolboy from Redwood Library.
  7. ^ Wept of the Wish-ton-Wish from Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.
  8. ^ Jephthah's Daughter from Christie's Auctions.
  9. ^ Il Penseroso from Smithsonian Institution.
  10. ^ Undine from Tumblr.
  11. ^ The Peri from Flickr.
  12. ^ Flower Girl from Smithsonian Institution.
  13. ^ The Vigil of Rizpah from Spanierman Gallery.

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