Like many American sculptors, Anne Whitney made the important move to Italy in 1867, when she was forty-six years old. She settled in Rome, making contact with established American sculptors there like Emma Stebbins and Edmonia Lewis. Whitney spent two years in Rome, studying and perfecting her skills. Her bronze “Roma,” typifying the conceptual personification dear to Neoclassical sculptors, shows the city as a woman who is careworn but still trails remnants of magnificence. Always a sculptor interested in social justice, Whitney’s Roma is a plea for women’s rights.
Anne Whitney, Roma, 1869. Bronze, 27 x 15 1/2 x 20 in. Davis Museum, Wellesley College.