Esmeralda

  • Raffaelo Romanelli, Esmeralda, ca. 1870-1900, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs, 1998.43.1

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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.

Title
Esmeralda
Artists
Date
ca. 1870-1900
On View
Dimensions
40 1/2 x 19 x 18 in. (102.9 x 48.3 x 45.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Hugo – Notre Dame de Paris
  • Figure female – full length
  • Animal – goat
Object Number
1998.43.1
Palette
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