Monday, August 2, 2010

AIC: Sculpture Court [Pocahontas - by Joseph Mozier]

By Joseph Mozier ..
1868 / Marble..
The markers reads..
Between 1858 and 1870, Joseph Mosier cavers several versions of Pocahontas, a subject of great popularity in the 19th century America. Born around 1595, Pocahontas achieved legendary status for saving the life of Captain John Smith in 1608. Taken to the Jamestown settlement, she converted to Christianity and was baptized with the name Rebecca.

Mozier's sculpture depicts the moment of Pocahontas's spiritual conversion. For Mozier, Pocahontas's acceptance of Christian faith signaled the superiority of his civilization over her native lifestyle, an idea related to the 19th century desire to cast Pocahontas as a child of nature, whose Christianity unfolded in her indigenous setting rather than through European contact.

I'm sorry, but my introduction to Pocahontas was a song,
by Peggy Lee, "Fever"..
Captain Smith and Pocahontas had a very mad affair
When her Daddy tried to kill him, she said "Daddy-O don't you dare"
Give me fever - with his kisses, fever when he holds me tight
Fever - I'm his Missus, Oh daddy won't you treat him right..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When in Rome in 1858 Nathaniel Hawthorne met Joseph Mozier and saw his studio; see NH's aesthetic and personal critique in "Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks, Complete," page 67. He was not favorably impressed by the work or by the man...