Queen of Sheba, circa 1961

Alexander Archipenko

Consultation with the Archipenko Foundation and review of other sculptures in the same series revealed that the artist’s intent for visual contrast had been lost after many years of regular maintenance in an outdoor setting. The treatment exposed bright bronze surfaces that were intended to stand in juxtaposition against the grey-green patina of the textured areas. The polished bronze has been treated to protect its bright appearance for continued display in a university sculpture garden.