One of the most popular sculptures of the nineteenth century, Nydia was inspired by Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel The Last Days of Pompeii (1834). Here, aided only by a walking stick and her exceptional hearing, the blind Nydia attempts to leave Pompeii before it is buried by a volcano. A broken Corinthian column by her right foot alludes to the city’s impending doom. The subject of Pompeii’s destruction in 79 c.e. was popular in this period and referenced the ancient origins of the Neoclassical style.
53 1/2 x 24 7/8 x 39 3/8 in. (135.9 x 63.2 x 100 cm)
estimated combined weight. Base 1200. Sculpture 600: 1800 lb. (816.47kg) (show scale)
Inscribed on bottom of capital: "Randolph Rogers, / Rome."
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Gift of Frederic B. Pratt
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Randolph Rogers (American, 1825-1892). Nydia, 1861. Marble, 53 1/2 x 24 7/8 x 39 3/8 in. (135.9 x 63.2 x 100 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederic B. Pratt, 16.507. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.507_detail_in_situ.jpg)
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Statue of young woman striding forward with closed eyes and hunched back, proper left hand cupped to right ear, and proper right hand holding walking stick. Figure wears chiton with right shoulder strapped slipped down revealing breast, deeply carved fluttering drapery folds in skirt. Stands on round base with Ionic capital on its side at her feet.
Condition: Good; top of walking stick broken off.
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