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  • Hebe

    Artist:
    Canova, Antonio. 1757-1822
    Dimensions:
    height: 161,0 cm

Canova, Antonio. 1757-1822

Hebe

Italy, Between 1800 and 1805

Hebe is one of the most famous works of Antonio Canova, an outstanding Neoclassical sculptor of the late 18th - early 19th century. According to ancient myth, Hebe was the daughter of Zeus and Hera and was the embodiment of youth. As serving-maid to the gods on Mount Olympus, she was responsible for bringing round cups of nectar, the drink of eternal youth and immortality, during feasts. Canova depicted the goddess flitting swiftly and easily across the clouds, hardly touching them with the toes of her bare feet. The skilfully worked marble creates the illusion of transparent, fluttering drapery, which reinforces the sense of movement. Additional support is provided by the strati which blend in with the heroine's fine drapery, leaving the rest of the sculpture free and creating an impression almost of weightlessness.

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Hebe

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height: 161,0 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1814; formerly in the collection of Josephine de Beauharnais in the Castle of Malmaison near Paris

Inventory Number:

Н.ск-16

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