Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

modeled 1855–56, carved 1858

Artist:

Randolph Rogers
American, 1825–1892

About this artwork

This statue is based on a character from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s popular 1834 novel The Last Days of Pompeii. In the episode depicted here, Nydia and her two companions attempt to flee the city after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The three become separated, however, and Randolph Rogers captured Nydia as she gropes her way through the burning city. The broken Corinthian column at her feet symbolizes fallen Pompeii, and Nydia’s clinging garments, entangled in her staff, indicate her chaotic surroundings. Because of its narrative quality, sentimental presentation, and classical features and proportions, this sculpture was extremely popular with the American public upon its first being exhibited.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Randolph Rogers

Title

Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

Origin

Rome

Date

1855–1856

Medium

Marble

Inscriptions

Inscribed on base: "Rome 1858"

Dimensions

130.8 × 64.1 × 91.4 cm (51 1/2 × 25 1/4 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Uri Balcom

Reference Number

1896.77

Extended information about this artwork

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