Ginevra

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1865/68

Artist:

Hiram Powers
American, 1805–1873

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Hiram Powers

Title

Ginevra

Origin

Florence

Date

1865–1877

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

68.9 × 47 × 26.7 cm (27 1/8 × 18 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lauretta J. Holly, Frances Johnson, and Gilbert Henry Anderson, Jr., in memory of their father, Gilbert Henry Anderson

Reference Number

1972.803

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