This essay examines an American 19th-century sculpture, Howard Roberts' Hypatia, both historically and aesthetically (see Figures 1 and 2). Problems of interpretation are found at both levels because of limited documentation. However, a speculative analysis adapting Plotinus' notions on the "delight of the intellect" and of "seeing" assist in considering beauty in the carved form, even if the subject is grave. What prompted this commission and who commissioned this work are questions to be considered.
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