About this artwork
After studying in Rome, François-Joseph Bosio introduced a late Neoclassical style of sculpture to Paris. There he worked successively for Napoleon and King Louis XVIII on a range of public and private commissions. He also created a number of sculptures on mythological subjects—among them this treatment of the doomed Spartan prince Hyacinth—for exhibition at the annual Salons. Hyacinth was killed by Apollo in an unfortunate throw of the discus. The semi-recumbent male nude was an unusual subject for statuary, but its passive and feminized presentation here was fashionable in this period.
- baron François Joseph Bosio
- Hyacinth Awaiting His Turn to Throw the Discus
- Inscription: "f. bosio" on edge of base
- 44.5 × 124.5 cm (17 1/2 × 15 11/16 in.)
- Through prior acquisitions of the George F. Harding Collection; Major Acquisitions Fund