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Pudicitia, (sculpture)

Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
Exhibition Catalogs
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 20
The goddess of modesty or chastity. She had two temples at Rome, and the most licentious of the Roman matrons had their statues made in the guise of Pudicitia. The head, left arm and shoulder have been restored. Once called the vestal, because Giradon, on restoring the head, added an altar as symbol. This altar has been suppressed, and Visconti considered the torso might well represent Pudicitia. The drapery is fringed and in exquisite taste. The original was once at Versailles.--Brigham's Cast Catalogue of Antique Sculpture, p. 141. Pudicitia. Vatican, Braccio Nuovo, No. 23, brought from the Villa Mattei, by Clement XIV., and placed in the Muses, Pio Clementino, and thence moved to the Braccio Nuovo, by Gregory XIV. This statue is probably a portrait of the Empress Livia, and was so entitled by Maffei. It has also been called the Tragic Muse. The head is a restoration, as is the bare hand.--See Braun's Hand Book, Vatican Catalogue. MacPherson's Ditto. [P. 16.]
1875. Descriptive Catalogue of Statuary, on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society Rooms, Athenaeum Buildings, St. Paul and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co. Publishers, Booksellers, Printers and Stationers. 182 Baltimore Street, 1875.
Figure female
Control number:
AECI 02040020
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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