About this artwork
This statue depicts the title character of the poem “Ginevra,” from the 1822 book Italy by the English poet Samuel Rogers. In the poem, 15-year-old Ginevra disappears on her wedding night; her remains are discovered 50 years later in a chest, where she had hidden as a prank and accidentally trapped herself. Tragic literary heroines were popular subjects for 19th-century sculptors and painters because they appealed to the melodramatic and moralistic sensibilities of Victorian society. Two other works, Elaine (1917.3) by Toby Rosenthal and Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (1896.77) by Randolph Rogers, more explicitly express similar themes. Hiram Powers presented Ginevra with a paucity of narrative details, however, with only the title offering evidence of her identity.
- Hiram Powers (Sculptor)
- c. 1865–1868
- 68.9 × 47 × 26.7 cm (27 1/8 × 18 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Lauretta J. Holly, Frances Johnson, and Gilbert Henry Anderson Jr., in memory of their father, Gilbert Henry Anderson