World War I Maquette at the Parthenon
The Parthenon will exhibit George Julian Zolnay's original maquette of the Centennial Park World War I monument in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first Armistice Day. A native of Hungary, George Julian Zolnay made a name for himself in Nashville with his work on the Parthenon pediment sculptures at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. His 1922 Centennial Park bronze monument to World War I veterans, features a caped female figure administering to a wounded soldier. In 2017, the plaster model, or maquette, for this monument was transferred from the Cheekwood Museum of Art to the permanent collection of the Parthenon. After repair and conservation work, the maquette is ready for public exhibit beginning Veteran’s Day November 11, 2018. For Veterans Day weekend, the Parthenon will honor all military, both active and retired, with free admission to the museum.