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Hyacinth Awaiting His Turn to Throw the Discus

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

c. 1824

Artist:

François Joseph Bosio
French, 1768-1845

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.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 218

Artist

baron François Joseph Bosio

Title

Hyacinth Awaiting His Turn to Throw the Discus

Origin

France

Date

1817–1829

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Inscription: "f. bosio" on edge of base

Dimensions

44.5 × 124.5 cm (17 1/2 × 15 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisitions of the George F. Harding Collection; Major Acquisitions Fund

Reference Number

1991.117

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