Thursday, August 22, 2013

Veiled Rebecca

The Veiled Rebecca of Salar Jung Museum is a white marble statue, sculpted by an Italian Sculptor named Giovanni Maria Benzoni (1809–1873) in the mid 19th century. It is placed at  Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India. Said to be a melody in marble and considered as the most beautiful art object in the world and masterpiece of Salar Jung Museum.
This biblical sculpture depicts Rebecca, bride of Isaac, as she draws her veil about her before being presented to her future husband. This piece represents innocence and purity as Benzoni skillfully creates the appearance of a transparent veil, an exceptional technical achievement.
Benzoni have sculpted four more Rebeccas, which are placed at, The Berkshire Museum, Berkshire, USA, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA.
I remember this statue when i was in a 3rd grade went to visit the museum in my hometown and later when i found out it was also in atlanta felt i should share this with all of you.
It is a life size structure of Rebecca measuring to a height of 167.0 cm, the statue and the round pedestal is carved in single block of marble without any joint. The pedestal has an inscription near right foot which, gives the name of the sculptor, city and year.
The statue in Salar Jung Museums Veiled Rebecca draws her Veil with the right hand, whereas in other works of Benzoni it is the left hand that pulls the veil. The folding on veil is considered as main articulated work on the statue, as one can view the face simultaneously the face is covered with veil. 

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