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Esmeralda

ca. 1870-1900 Attributed to Raffaelo Romanelli Born: Florence, Tuscany, Italy 1856 Died: Florence, Tuscany, Italy 1928 marble 40 1/2 x 19 x 18 in. (102.9 x 48.3 x 45.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs 1998.43.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A


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The gypsy girl Esmeralda was the hunchback Quasimodo’s love interest in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a book so popular that it made a hero out of its author. In the novel, Esmeralda is the victim of a coward’s rage and sentenced to death by hanging, and only the love of the deformed Quasimodo can save her. The story ends when he dies, defending Esmeralda from an angry mob.

Keywords

Animal - goat

Figure female - full length

Literature - Hugo - Notre Dame de Paris

sculpture

stone - marble

About Attributed to Raffaelo Romanelli

Born: Florence, Tuscany, Italy 1856 Died: Florence, Tuscany, Italy 1928