Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

modeled c. 1852 (cast c. 1860/80)

Artist:

François Rude
French, 1784-1855

About this artwork

Toward the end of his career, François Rude was commissioned by his native city of Dijon to create a marble sculpture, for which he depicted the Greek goddess of youth, Hebe. Here she is shown in her role as cupbearer to the gods, raising a vessel of ambrosia above her father, Zeus, who appears in the guise of an eagle. Rude made the model for the marble group in 1852 but did not live to finish the work, which was completed by his nephew. The bronze cast is a reduced version of the marble and was extremely popular in the late 19th century as part of the nostalgia for pre-Revolutionary sculpture.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

François Rude

Title

Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter

Origin

France

Date

1847–1857

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Signed on base, front left, "Rude", in script and stamped at right side center, "Thiebaut Freres, Fondeurs, Paris".

Dimensions

78.7 × 52.4 cm (31 × 20 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Leslie

Reference Number

1975.306

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