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The Lost Pleiade

Marble sculpture of a partially clothed young woman on clouds looking to her left, her hand raised to her forehead.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Marble sculpture of a partially clothed young woman on clouds looking to her left, her hand raised to her forehead.




Randolph Rogers
American, 1825–1892

About this artwork

In creating this sculpture, Randolph Rogers was inspired by the Roman author Ovid’s poem Fasti, which recounts the legend of the seven sister stars who lived among the constellations. Merope, the youngest sister, married Sisyphus and hid herself in shame because he was mortal. The sculpture depicts the outcast Merope as she seeks her celestial family. With its unclothed torso, The Lost Pleiade is the closest Rogers came to creating a complete nude. Although a conteporary viewers may not have understood the reference to Fasti, the title nonetheless reassured Victorian audiences that this partially nude woman had literary antecedents and was thus not intended as a sensual form.


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Arts of the Americas


Randolph Rogers (Sculptor)


The Lost Pleiade


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1874–1875




Signed on base at back: "Randolph Rogers. Rome"


H.: 129.5 cm (51 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. E. S. Stickney

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