American, 1825-1892

"Ruth Gleaning", ca. 1850

marble on marble pedestal
height: 34 3/4 inches (base height 35 inches)

  • Provenance: Lida Fleitmann Bloodgood; From the Collection of a New York State Museum.
  • Notes: The subject for "Ruth Gleaning", comes from the Old Testament Book of Ruth (2:1-13). The Moabite heroine, Ruth, is gathering the remnants of a harvest in the field of Boaz when, attracted by her beauty, Boaz approaches. Rogers depicts the moment when Ruth looks up and becomes aware of the presence of her future husband.

    Received with critical acclaim, Rogers made around 50 replicas in the nineteenth century in two sizes, a life-size model (h. 45 3/4 inch) and a reduction, as the present example. Other examples of "Ruth Gleaning" are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Toledo Museum of Art among numerous others. (Source: Thayer Tolles, ed., "American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Vol. I, A Catalogue of Works by Artists born before 1865, (New York, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art), p. 115-117.)

    Tags: classical sculpture, listed artist, 19th century, Grand Tour, Italy, Biblical subject
  • Condition: fair condition, a crack in the base; some damage to the figures forehead, scattered losses, one broken finger and one missing finger on her right hand; additional photos available upon request

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