Fountain of the Central Park - about 1880


The iconic Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The name is derived from the Biblical Pool of Bethesda, which in Hebrew means "House of Kindness". Jesus performed a miracle at the Pool of Bethesda to show the power of God over the traditions of the area. The fountain was designed by Emma Stebbins (1815-1882) in 1868. She was the first woman to receive a public art commission from New York City. It was dedicated in 1873 (see enlargement below).

Photograph from the album "Central Park Views", presented to the City of Paris by the Department of Public Parks, New York. Original title: "The Fountain". Unknown publisher (1878-1881). Source: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF).


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Enlargement of the sculpture of Angel of the Waters and mythological cherubim of the neoclassical Bethesda Fountain.





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Fountain of the Central Park - about 1880



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