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Randolph Rogers, born Waterloo, NY 1825-died Rome, Italy 1892  Search this
47 1/8 x 15 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (119.8 x 40.2 x 51.0 cm.)
modeled 1863-1864
Luce Center Label:
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.
Figure female\nude  Search this
Figure female\full length  Search this
State of being\other\sleep  Search this
Literature\Donizetti\Somnambula  Search this
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato Porotto
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