The Lost Pleiad
On View: Special Exhibition Gallery, 5th Floor
Here, a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades searches the heavens. She forfeited her position among her six sister stars because she dared to marry a mortal. Her pose and her windswept hair and drapery convey a distinct sense of forward motion, a difficult effect to achieve in marble.
Statue: 49 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 34 1/2 in. (126.4 x 59.1 x 87.6 cm)
Height of pedestal: 35 3/8 in. (89.9 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed along back of base: "Randolph Rogers Rome."
Gift of Mrs. J. L. Barclay
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Randolph Rogers (American, 1825-1892). The Lost Pleiad, ca. 1874-1875. Marble, Statue: 49 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 34 1/2 in. (126.4 x 59.1 x 87.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. J. L. Barclay, 09.770. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.770_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 09.770_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Statue of partially nude female personification of one of the Pleiad stars. Figure leans forward in motion and turns head to proper left with hand held over eyes in seeking gesture, holds proper right arm stretched out behind her; her legs are raised behind her as if she is floating through the air and the figure is supported atop round base of cloud-like forms; she wears loose drapery that falls from proper right shoulder, wraps around her body below her breasts, and comes to a pile below her legs; she has long, wavy hair pulled into a ponytail with several loose strands; inscribed along front edge of round base: "THE LOST PLEIAD."
Condition: Good, missing the ends of four fingers of proper right hand; few chunks of ends of hair in ponytail missing; some black stains on back of clouds.
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