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The Somnambula

modeled 1863-1864 Randolph Rogers Born: Waterloo, New York 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1892 marble 47 1/8 x 15 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (119.8 x 40.2 x 51.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato Porotto 1962.11.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A


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In 1855-56, Randolph Rogers first conceived of The Somnambula as a partner piece to his popular statue Nydia. The Somnambula, or "the sleepwalker," relates to Somnus, the Roman god of sleep, but Rogers probably based this figure on Vincenzo Bellini's popular nineteenth-century opera La Sonnambula. The heroine of the opera, Amina, sleepwalks into the room of another man, whom she mistakes for her fiancé Elvino. In a jealous rage, Elvino accuses her of having a lover, who, to no avail, pleads with him that they are not in love, but that she is a "sleepwalker." Elvino realizes his mistake when Amina, lamp in her hand, sleepwalks across a bridge and almost falls, but is awakened and rescued.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Literature - Donizetti - Somnambula

State of being - other - sleep

sculpture

stone - marble

About Randolph Rogers

Born: Waterloo, New York 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1892

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