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April 15 Art Minute: Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter

Art Minute, Art of the Week, toledo museum of art
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887) Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter. Silvered bronze, 1858. Mr. and Mrs. George M. Jones, Jr., Fund, 1992.20. Gallery 32

In ancient Roman mythology, Jupiter, king of the Olympian gods, had a great Golden Eagle, king of the birds, as his messenger and animal companion. In this silvered bronze sculpture, Hebe, daughter of Jupiter and his wife Juno, performs her duty as cupbearer to the gods by offering ambrosia—a drink that reinforced the Olympians’ immortality—to the eagle. The image offers a contrast between the innocence and delicacy of Hebe and the powerful and dangerous aspects of the bird of prey.

This work is currently on view in Gallery 32.

Interested in birds? On April 27, the inaugural three-part Nat Geo Live speaker series at TMA begins. At the first event Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, authors of the major National Geographic book, Birds of Paradise Revealed, will take visitors deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, click here