Ginevra

  • Hiram Powers, Ginevra, modeled 1842, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.65

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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.

Title
Ginevra
Artist
Date
modeled 1842
On View
Dimensions
26 x 18 x 9 1/2 in. (66.0 x 45.7 x 24.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Shelley – Ginevra
  • Figure female – bust
Object Number
1968.155.65
Palette
Linked Open Data
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