Lorraine and Owen Voight,
“Portrait of Lorraine and Owen Voight as Children,” marble, Vincenzo Miserendino, 1925.
This sculpture is a traditional, academic-style bust portrait of two children Lorraine (age six) and her younger brother Owen (age two/three). Lorraine is calmly resting her head on Owen’s head, and lightly leaning against him, a subtle movement expressing their sibling relationship. They were the son and daughter of a well-to-do New York family, who later came to live in the Shenandoah Valley. In the 1920s it was not unusual for wealthy families to commission paintings or sculptures of their children. Parents wanted to remember the freshness and innocence of childhood.