Artist: Randolph Rogers (1825-1892); American working in Rome
Size: Height - 46", Width - 26"
Original Location: Front Hall
Adelicia Acklen ordered this piece in Rome in 1866. This piece was placed in the middle of the Front Hall where it remains today. Ruth Gleaning was Roger’s second most popular piece after Nydia the Blind Girl of Pompeii. Rogers was America’s leading sculptor, widely known for the great bronze doors on the United States Capitol in Washington. The story is Biblical from the book of Ruth. Ruth is picking up wheat left in the field after harvest to feed herself and her widowed mother–in-law Naromi. She herself also widowed meets Boaz while gathering wheat in his field. Ruth was done in this large version and in a smaller version as well.