Statues & Busts

The sculpture in Belmont Mansion's collection is of four mediums: marble, bronze, parian, and terra cotta. Today, five works of  sculpture in marble, all by American artists working in Rome, are considered the centerpieces of her collection: Ruth Gleaning, Sans Souci, Rebecca at the Well, The Sleeping Children, and The Peri. Known in the nineteenth century as "ideal" sculpture, today it is referred to as neoclassical due to Greek and Roman influences. The subject matter tells a story most often drawn from history, literature, the Bible or mythology.


Art collecting became fashionable for upper class Americans beginning in the third quarter of the 19th century. Individual buyers sought out "marbles" for their private collections. This trend brought great success to American sculptors working overseas.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk