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Edmonia Lewis recovered

CD72FA17-4462-4AE3-B0DC-0D818CD77361Scholar Marilyn Richardson and librarian Bobbie Reno brought closure to the life of American neoclassical sculpor Edmonia Lewis, whose anonymous grave in England is now marked thanks to their crowdfunding project. Above: Edmonia Lewis c. 1870, courtesy Hyperallergic and Wikimedia Commons.


Hygieia in Worcester

HygieiaThe marble Hygieia at the Worcester art museum is missing her head and arms, yet still appears graceful and somehow beckoning. From the 2nd century CE, excavated in Antioch, the goddess of health (Greek: ὑγίεια – hugieia[1]) still retains traces of gilding on her long, wavy hair.

Hygieia was one of the Aeclepiadae; the sons and daughters of the god of medicine, Asclepius, and the goddess of healing, Epione.  Her name is the source of the word “hygiene”. Many neoclassical American sculptors took on this theme, notably Edmonia Lewis.