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A Young Woman of Trastevere (Romaine du Trastévère, 25 Ans)

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A Young Woman of Trastevere (Romaine du Trastévère, 25 Ans)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Charles Cordier
French, 1827–1905

Date

ca. 1860

Medium

white marble on associated white, veined marble socle

Accession #

2011.168

Dimensions

53 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Description

French sculptor Charles Henri Joseph Cordier was fascinated with combining ethnography and art to create harmonious examples of beauty. As chief sculptor of the Natural History Museum in Paris, Cordier went to Italy and Greece in 1858 to inspect marble for export and to portray the people he encountered.

This statue is the result of Cordier’s time in Trastevere (“across the Tiber”), one of Rome’s old and diverse neighborhoods. The fashionable young woman gazes over her shoulder, revealing intricately plaited hair adorned with a single comb.

Credit

Gift of Irene and Howard Stein

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