Pictures for Robert
Robert has asked for some photos
of the sculpture seen in the background of this painting
It's a piece by Randolph Rogers (1825-1892)
and the title is
"Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii"
Apparently, it was quite popular in its day
(what subject could be more pathetic/melodramatic ?)
A copy was proudly donated to the A .I.C. in 1896,
and is one of the few pieces from that period
to have remained in its collection.
I hate it -- O.K. ?
But I do like the close-ups,
like the one shown above,
which I think mostly demonstrate
the work of some world class
Italian stone carvers.
(Rogers studied in Rome and then lived there
the rest of his life)
Small -- broken -- ouch
nice details, though
this should be 10" high
and sitting in a display case
with plates from the Franklin mint.
I think he was the Jeff Koons of his day,
(even if he lacked the irony)
But at least his Civil War monuments
do have a certain noble simplicity