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This statue of Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY was by Randolph Rogers 1859. It was one of the most popular sculptures in the 1800’s and was replicated over 167 times.  Nydia was a character from a popular book “Last days of Pompeii” from 1834 which was about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Nydia is trying to lead two companions out of Pompeii even though she is blind. This photo shows a closeup of her hand and how thin it is with the light shining right through it.

ISO 2500, F/4, 1/125 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/13, 1/45 sec, 58 mm Lens