Hebe and the Eagle of Zeus

French
1858
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824–1887)


Dimensions

49.5 x 32.4 x 24.4 cm (19 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1988.98

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Bronze on marble base. Female figure with elaborate coiffure and wearing classical drapery. She holds a ewer and cup and is seated on the back of a large eagle. Eagle has proper left wing raised to support back of figure. Signed: A. Carrier, 1858.


This bronze represents Hebe, Greek goddess of youth and cupbearer to the gods, offering ambrosia to Zeus, who has taken the form of an eagle. Hebe’s elegant, complex pose, long neck, and elaborate hairstyle recall the courtly style of the sixteenth century, known as Mannerism. The fine finish and attention to surface detail reveal Carrier-Belleuse’s training as a goldsmith.

Provenance

By 1988, with Sandorval & Co., New York; 1988, sold by Sandorval & Co. to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 24, 1988)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Marie Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor