The Pleiades

Artist: Elihu Vedder (American, New York 1836–1923 Rome)

Date: 1885

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 1/8 x 37 5/8 in. (61.3 x 95.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910

Accession Number: 10.64.13


By the eighteenth century, the himation not only narrowed and attenuated, it also took on a gossamer insubstantiality. Elihu Vedder's painting of the Pleiades includes long shawls and bias sashes that establish a classicizing intention and allusion.