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Artist:
Hosmer, Harriet G.  Search this
Subject:
Cenci, Beatrice  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1
A statue, full life-size, in Italian marble: she is recumbent on a short prison couch, as found calmly sleeping, on the night before her execution, by this monk sent to acquaint her with her impending doom. The face is that of tranquil slumber. . . . The statue is an anonymous gift to the Library from one of its friends, who is quite as modest as he is munificent, and chooses to remain unknown. [Pp. 7-8; excerpted from a detailed discussion of the subject matter. Entry also contains a detailed biography of the artist obtained "from an accomplished lady, her intimate friend" that discusses Hosmer's training and works. This biography indicates that the statue of "Beatrice Cenci" was commissioned by an "unknown friend of the Mercantile Library of St. Louis; the subject and the time of its execution being left optional with" the artist.]
A Guide to the Sculpture, Paintings, and other Objects of Art, in the Halls of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association. December, 1859. St. Louis Mo.: George Knapp & Co., Printers, 1859.
At time of exhibition in the collection of St. Louis Mercantile Library Association,
Mercantile Library Association, St. Louis, Missouri, Dec. 1859
The Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index is a historical record of artworks exhibited in the United States and Canada up through the Centennial year of 1876. Information is recorded as given in each exhibition catalog.
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
History--Italy  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Prison  Search this
State of Being--Other--Imprisonment  Search this
Figure male--Elderly  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Monk  Search this
Control number:
AECI 09050001
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
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