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Studio of
William Henry Rinehart
American (1825 - 1874) Primary



Aeschylus

Late 19th-century copy of the Roman original
Marble

Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2015.4.22
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Collection: From the collection of Mary E. Garrett and M. Carey Thomas
Findspot: Carved in Rome

Bryn Mawr College, Rhys Carpenter Library, Level B

The original of this full-size marble copy is now in the Palazzo Altemps museum in Rome; the piece was in the collection of Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi by the 17th century. While 18th century writers like Winckelmann and Goethe extolled it as an example of Greek beauty, the head is Roman, and may represent a member of a Roman imperial family. Mary Garrett inherited this and at least 27 other marble copies, mostly of Roman busts, which had been made in the Rome studio of William Henry Rinehart, the sculptor of Endymion, now in the Carpenter atrium. M. Carey Thomas requested in her will that the collection be given to the Baltimore Museum of Art should Bryn Mawr no longer want them, and despite some opposition (Rhys Carpenter was quoted in the College News for December 15, 1937 as saying "I think these busts are almost the worst I have ever seen, and I heartily approve of retaining them"), Juno and the rest of the busts were removed from their longtime home in Taylor Hall in 1937. Juno was the only piece to remain at Bryn Mawr. In 1980, it was placed by Canaday, and in 1999 was moved into Carpenter Library.

Bryn Mawr College, Rhys Carpenter Library, Level B

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