California Venus sculpture, c. 1895 MARBLE. A beautiful sculpture with a tragic story behind it. Marian Nolan was 16 when she modeled for the sculpture, that was then presented at the worlds fair in Chicago under the name "The California Venus". Years later she was murdered by E. Marshuts whose affection she did not return. Marshuts shot Marian Nolan in the head, then shot himself in the head and fell dead to the sidewalk within a few feet of where the murdered woman lay breathing her last.
California - Hiram Powers Powers completed "California," originally entitled "La Dorado," from 1850 to 1855 in his Florence studio. Inspired by the California Gold Rush of 1849, Powers devised the following program for this allegorical figure: ". . . an Indian woman . . . stands in a reserved and guarded posture and with a watchful expression, holding the divining rod in her left, and pointing with it down to the earth, under a large quartz crystal, which supports the figure on the right.
Venus Figurines: 1 Willendorf (Rhine/Danube), 2 Lespugue (Pyrenees/Aquitaine), 3 Laussel (Pyrenees/Aquitaine), 4 Dolní Věstonice (Rhine/Danube), 5 Gagarino no. 4 (Russia), 6 Moravany (Rhine/Danube), 7 Kostenki 1. Statuette no. 3 (Russia), 8 Grimaldi (Italy), 9 Chiozza di Scandiano (Italy), 10 Petrkovice (Rhine/Danube), 11 Modern sculpture (N. America), 12 Eleesivitchi (Russia); 13 Savignano (Italy), 14 “Brassempouy Venus” (Pyrenees/Aquitaine), 15 Hohle Fels (SW Germany).