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Ginevra

modeled 1842 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 marble 26 x 18 x 9 1/2 in. (66.0 x 45.7 x 24.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.65 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Hiram Powers began modeling the first version of Ginevra immediately after he arrived in Florence in the late 1830s. The name Ginevra was inspired by the poem Italy by Samuel Rogers, which tells the story of a young bride who vanished on her wedding night and was found dead in a chest more than fifty years later. The only way the body could be identified was by a ring bearing the bride’s name, Ginevra. Almost twenty years after the original bust was modeled, Powers created a second version while visiting his daughter in England.

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Figure female - bust

Literature - Shelley - Ginevra

sculpture

stone - marble

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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