(b. 1812, Firenze, d. 1887, Firenze)


White marble, height 113 cm
Private collection

The Old Testament heroine Ruth was a popular subject among 19th-century sculptors active in Italy; a famous depiction of the gleaning heroine by the American Randolph Rogers is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Book of Ruth is the eighth book of the Old Testament of the Bible. A short story, it tells how Ruth, the Moabite widow of a Bethlehemite, with her mother-in-law Naomi's assistance, married an older kinsman Boaz, thereby preserving her deceased husband's posterity and becoming an ancestor of King David.

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