Thursday, May 27, 2010

AIC: The Lost Pleiade [By Randolph Rogers]

The Lost Pleiade..
By Randolph Rogers [1825-1892]
1874-75 /Marble..
Location: Galleries of American Art - Lower Level
Sculpture Court [Gallery: 161]..

Note the details..
The marker reads..
In creating this sculpture, Randolph Rogers was inspired by the Roman author Ovid's poem "Fasti", which recounts the legend of the seven sisters 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 unclothe torso, "The Lost Pleiade" is the closest Rogers came to creating a complete nude. Although a general audience would not have understood the reference to Fasti, the title nonetheless reassured Victorian viewers that this partially nude woman had literary antecedence and was thus not intended as an erotic image..

Just to emphasize the details,
I'm posting an enlarged image below..

Although clicking on any image will give an enlarged view..

For more on.. [click on the link]..
The Art Institute of Chicago...


frankdejol said...

This is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful indeed.

Gregory H. Jenkins AIA said...