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Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

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Randolph Rogers, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, 1855/1884, marble, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by a bequest of Katharine Talbott Macnab Patten, public domain, 2012.7.1

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Title

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

Artist

Randolph Rogers (American, 1825-1892)

Date

1855/1884

Medium

marble

Dimensions (H x W x D)

37 1/2 in x 25 in x 18 in

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Sculpture

Object Type

sculpture

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by a bequest of Katharine Talbott Macnab Patten

Accession Number

2012.7.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

figures

flowers

marble

sculpture

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Description

Executed in Rome, this sculpture was inspired by a character in the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton's popular 1834 novel, The Last Days of Pompeii. Randolph Rogers depicted Nydia at a climactic moment in the story—escaping from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and searching for her lost loved ones. As a symbol of feminine bravery and sacrifice, the sculpture greatly appealed to a Victorian public. Nydia became Rogers's best-known work and the most popular American full-length statue of its time. The sculpture was produced by Rogers in two sizes, this being the smaller version.

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