“The Veiled Rebecca” by Giovanni Benzoni
The neoclassical sculpture depicts a scene from the Bible’s Old Testament (Genesis 24:67), where the young Rebekah, overcome by shyness and modesty, covers her face with her veil upon being introduced to her future husband Isaac.
The illusion of an insubstantial veil was so beautifully executed by the Italian sculptor it seems hardly possible that the statue was chiseled from hard rock, leading to it being described by many as ’a melody in marble.’
It is believed that four copies of The Veiled Rebecca was made by Benzoni in the second half of the 19th century. Three are on public display at the Salar Jung Museum (Hyderabad, India), High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia (USA)), and the Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, Massachusetts (USA)).