Bertel Thorvaldsen / Ganymede and the Eagle / 1817 - 1829Bertel Thorvaldsen
Ganymede and the Eagle
1817 - 1829

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Creator Name: Thorvaldsen, Bertel
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; Danish
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1770 - 1844
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Bertel Thorvaldsen
Title: Ganymede and the Eagle
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1817
Creation End Date: 1829
Creation Date: 1817 - 1829
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Marble
Materials and Techniques: carrara marble
Dimensions: H.34-3/4 x W.18-1/2 x D.46-3/8 in.
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 66.9
Credit Line: Gift of the Morse Foundation

In Greek mythology, Ganymede was a beautiful prince whom the god Zeus, taking the form of an eagle, carried off to Mount Olympus to serve as cupbearer to the gods.

Enthusiasm for the art of Greece and Rome revived when the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were excavated in the mid-18th to early 19th centuries. Archaeological finds at these sites inspired artists to emulate classical sculpture, which they regarded as the highest representation of ideal nature and beauty.

Bertel Thorvaldsen studied and worked in Rome and collected antiquities. In his sculptures, the combination of mythological subjects, idealized human forms, realistic details, and smooth marble surfaces evokes the serenity of the ancient Greek models he admired.

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AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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