Italian, ca. 1853

H. 59”

Original location:  East or West side of the center gazebo

Location of original: Lobby of McWorther Pharmacy Building

This may be the statue that Adelicia referred to in her will as Innocence.  The woman in this statue is holding a Dove.  While the Dove is most often used to portray the Holy Spirit it can also be used to portray several other attributes one of which is purity.  In the 1758-60 of Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia the dove is used as a symbol of Chastity.  The prudish Victorians would use a less sexual term such as innocence.  [Cesare Ripa Baroque and Rococo Pictorial Imagery first published around 1758-60.  Reprinted Dover Publications, Inc.:  New York. Plate 48]


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk