Monday, January 14, 2013

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii



This marble sculpture in the New Britain Museum of American Art depicts a girl blinded by the eruption of Vesuvius.  The sculptor was Randolph John Rogers, a mid-19th century American sculptor working in Italy.

On an autumn visit, Nydia stood out because of the bright red modern work behind her.  That is Louise Sloane's The Mighty Quinn.

On my December visit, she was in front of Hell is for awesome! by Stephen St. Francis Decky.  Nydia was, once again, alluring.

15 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable sculpture!
Léia

Kate said...

The last two posts of sculptures couldn't be more different. I think I'd like this museum!

Halcyon said...

Looks like she lost her sight and part of her shirt. Oooops!
It's a lovely piece. And I love how this museum has combined modern and traditional works with lots of color. Makes it more fun to look at. :)

Sharon said...

That is a very beautiful statue.

Sylvia K said...

A lovely statue and Nydia is indeed alluring! I, too, love the variety of modern and traditional art work! Looks like such a great museum! Happy Monday, Jack! Enjoy!

Malyss said...

A fabulous sculpture , full of motion and movement!

cieldequimper said...

Quite beautiful and I actually like the contrast with the (not my cup of tea) modern art...

VP said...

Looking at the paintings, she lucky to be blind!

RedPat said...

She works well against both pieces but i think I prefer the first. I do love the colour of that wall!

Dianne said...

I like her with the deep red in the background Jack .... a beautiful and delicate sculpture.

Lois Evensen said...

The sculpture is lovely. We've been to Pompeii several times and are fascinated to see the continuing excavation. Pompeii was discovered around the time my mother was born and I remember her talking about it when I was a child.

Randy said...

Nice piece of art.

SRQ said...

Curious how the piece in the background has an impact on the look of the sculpture. Interesting take, Jack.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a little ironic that she's been shown both times in front of 'fiery ' backgrounds don't you think Jack ..someone has a quirky sense of humour oui!/

JM said...

I like how you played with the backgrounds. Lovely sculpture.