"The Greek Slave", Hiram Powers, 1844
In its day, "The Greek Slave" was one of the most famous
Orientalist works of art in the world. The statue was made in Florence by the American sculptor Hiram Powers. In 1847-48 it was taken on a tour of
North America and in 1851 had pride of place in the United States'
contribution to the Great Exhibition in London. Powers made several full-size copies at his studio in Florence, but the original was bought by the Duke of Cleveland in 1861 and remains in the possession of his family at Raby Castle in the north east of England. [more...