Thursday, March 4, 2010

AIC: Sculpture Court [The Lost Pleiade - By Randolph Rogers]




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The Lost Pleiade..
By Randolph Rogers [1825-1892]
1874-75 /Marble..
Location: American Galleries - Sculpture Court

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..



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