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Eve Disconsolate

A sculpture by Hiram Powers at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

 

From the placard:

 

In tangible form, this sculpture represents the power of patronage to encourage the arts. For all Hiram Powers was able to accomplish, he felt indebted to his great Cincinnati benefactor Nicholas Longworth (1782-1863). Inscribed H.P.–N.L. on the back of the base, this marble was Powers' tribute to his patron, who had passed away in 1863. When the suclptor died ten years later, the marble remained partially carved in his studio. His master carvers completed the work, which was purchased by Longworth's grandson, also named Nicholas, who donated it to the Cincinnati Art Museum.

 

Powers chose the culminating moment from the book of Genesis when Eve, after yielding to temptation by eating the forbidden fruit, realizes the consequences of her actions. According to the sculptor, he portrayed Eve "with her face raised to Heaven with an expression of deep contrition' one hand upon her breast, the other pointing down to the serpent, who recoils at her feet as if sensible to the accusation.

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Taken on January 28, 2006