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Jerusalem in Her Desolation

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Jerusalem in Her Desolation

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

William Wetmore Story
American, 1819–1895

Date

1879

Medium

Marble

Accession #

2010.92

Dimensions

67 x 38 x 42 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Taylor Lobby

Description

William Wetmore Story depicts the personification of Jerusalem among ruins based on a biblical passage from Lamentations in which the prophet Jeremiah writes of the Babylonians’ destruction of Jerusalem. Story used the Old Testament text as an opportunity to create the figure of a mournful woman caught amid dramatic events—a narrative subject that recurs in his renderings of Cleopatra and Medea nearby.

Credit

Gift of the West Foundation in honor of Gudmund Vigtel and Michael E. Shapiro