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Torre di Schiavi

1865 Thomas Hiram Hotchkiss Born: Hudson, New York Died: Taormina, Italy 1869 oil on canvas 22 3/8 x 34 5/8 in. (56.9 x 88.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1977.52 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


Gallery Label

The landscape where this herdsman sleeps recalls a distant time and place. Thomas Hotchkiss heightened the mystery of this ancient site by including a mosaic of a winged boy on a dolphin from a recently excavated Roman bath as well as a skull and bones in the shadows at the far left. The Torre di Schiavi, or Tower of Slaves, was a popular subject for American artists visiting Italy. The site was associated with an uprising of Roman slaves, an event that would have been particularly meaningful for Americans in 1865, when the Civil War ended and the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - civic - Torre di Schiavi

Architecture Exterior - civic - tower

Architecture Exterior - ruins

Figure

Landscape - Italy

Landscape - mountain - Appenine Mountains

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas