Alexander von Humboldt

Dedicated in 1869, this bronze bust depicts German scientist, explorer, and naturalist Frederick Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt. German artist Gustaf Blaeser, an acquaintance of Humboldt, used his death mask as a reference to sculpt the bust.

During the 19th century, von Humboldt was one of the most celebrated men in Europe, studying subjects ranging from muscular irritability to the earth’s magnetic force. His bust was donated by the Humboldt Memorial Association and originally placed at Central Park South and Fifth Avenue. It was later moved to its current location at Naturalists' Gate, across from the American Museum of Natural History.

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