Rome Representative of the Arts
During the 1890s a new classicism in architecture led to the demand for large, decorative wall paintings that recalled the classical past. This is a finished study for a mural representing Rome that Elihu Vedder executed for the Walker Art Building on the campus of Bowdoin College, in Maine, where it joined panels symbolizing Athens, Venice, and Florence (key historical artistic centers) by three other artists. Using a traditional allegorical visual language, Vedder cast the central nude female figure as Nature—the primary inspiration of art. Flanking her are personifications of the elements of art (love, color, and form on the right and knowledge, thought, and soul on the left).
- Artist: Elihu Vedder, American, 1836-1923
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1894
- Dimensions: 29 9/16 x 55 3/16 in. (75.1 x 140.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "ELIHU VEDDER--ROMA--1894"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 12.919
- Credit Line: Gift of William T. Evans
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Elihu Vedder (American, 1836-1923). Rome Representative of the Arts, 1894. Oil on canvas, 29 9/16 x 55 3/16 in. (75.1 x 140.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, 12.919
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)