Lucia—Bloody Nightie (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti)

Lucia Ashton’s gradual descent into madness culminates in the tour de force “Mad Scene,” in which Lucia appears before her horrified wedding guests in a nightgown stained with the blood of the husband she has just killed. In?the sculpture, Lucia’s bloodied gown—a garment staple of opera costume collections—assumes a trance-like stillness; the fabric has a dull patina, like the weathered marble of a Hellenistic statue, which seems fitting, since her fate was carved by others.

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