- 2012, Museum purchase with donations made in celebration of William J. Chiego's twenty years as Director
- Museum's website, 26 March 2015
Museum's website, 26 March 2015:
One of the most admired and editioned sculptures of the late 1800s in France, Gloria Victis! was conceived by Mercié while he was a student at the French Academy in Rome. The sculpture was originally executed with the figure of Fame supporting a victorious soldier, but Mercié replaced him with a defeated soldier upon receiving the news that France had surrendered to Prussia, ending the Franco-Prussian War. Gloria Victis! became an instant classic, its appeal both patriotic and aesthetic. Commemorating heroism in defeat, it served to console the nation after a bitter loss.