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Virgilia Chew as Anne Pedersdotter

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Věra Prášilova, Virgilia Chew as Anne Pedersdotter, 1934, gelatin silver print, Gift of Nadja S. Lilly, Dascha S. Tursi, and K.S. Voeller, M.D., © Estate of Věra Prášilova Scott, 2000.91.23

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Title

Virgilia Chew as Anne Pedersdotter

Artist

Věra Prášilova (American, born Czech Republic, 1899-1996)

Date

1934

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 9 3/8 in x 9 7/8 in; sheet: 10 1/4 in x 10 3/8 in

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Nadja S. Lilly, Dascha S. Tursi, and K.S. Voeller, M.D.

Accession Number

2000.91.23

Copyright

© Estate of Věra Prášilova Scott

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

Description

In this dramatic portrait, Houston-born actress Virgilia Chew is likely reenacting a scene from the 1908 play Anne Pedersdotter by Hans Wiers-Jenssen. Pedersdotter, the wife of a Lutheran minister, was convicted of witchcraft and burned alive in Bergen, Norway, on April 7, 1590. A popular dramatic subject, Pedersdotter's fate was also the subject Ottorino Respighi's 1934 opera La Fiamma (The Flame) and Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1943 film Vredens Dag (Day of Wrath).

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