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Title

Beatrice Cenci

1857

Artist

Harriet Hosmer

United States of America, Italy

09 Oct 1830 - 21 Feb 1908

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Rome Italy
    Date
    1857
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    Marble
    Dimensions
    44.1 x 106.3 x 43.8 cm (including base 7.9cm)
    Signature & date

    Signed back of base, "HARRIET HOSMER...". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1892
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    1221
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Harriet Hosmer

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    Neoclassicism produced a significant number of women sculptors, many of whom were American by birth. Among them, Harriet Hosmer enjoyed perhaps the greatest celebrity, entertaining dignitaries and connoisseurs in her Roman atelier with the practical aplomb of a 'grand maître'. A pupil of John Gibson, her work was widely collected, often on the basis of an interest in her gender as much as her considerable professional merits. Hosmer adapted continental neoclassicism to a personal vision steeped into the classical philosophies of a democratic nation. Capable of producing work on a large scale and to specific order, she was especially proficient in the execution of public monuments. Her smaller works were frequently issued in multiples to accommodate demand. Among her most popular were 'Beatrice Cenci', which exists in several versions.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Rome

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Archie Plus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2020–07 Mar 2021

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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