Title: Zenobia in Chains
Date: c.1859
Artist: Harriet Hosmer
American, 1830–1908
Medium: marble
44 1/4 x 14 x 18 in. (112.4 x 35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line: American Art Purchase Fund
Object Number: 19:2008
Current Location: On View, Gallery 336
The dignity of this figure’s profile, the detail of her ancient dress, and the careful regularity of the drapery folds testify to sculptor Harriet Hosmer’s mastery of neoclassical style. Zenobia rose to power when her husband, ruler of Palmyra (in present-day Syria), died in 267. As queen, she conquered Egypt and reigned until 274 when Roman forces overpowered her armies and captured her. Hosmer shows Zenobia as she is led through Rome in golden chains as part of Emperor Aurelian’s triumphal procession.

Exhibition History
Title: Reviving Antiquity: Artists and their Study of Ancient Rome
Date: March 6, 2009 - Setember 27, 2009
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: Art and Progress
Author: Clarence Stratton
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