Carrara marble sculpture representing Hebe goddess of youth and newlyweds
Carrara marble sculpture representing Hebe draped in an antique dress looking in front of her, her face serene and hair tied in a bun held by a tiara. In counterporse position, one leg bent, the other stretched out, she rests on an oval base. Goddess of youth and servant of the gods, she has a cup in her left hand while the other holding the pitcher falls along her body. Daughter of Jupiter and Juno, Hebe is the goddess of youth and servs drinks to the gods during banquets. Thus, she is most often represented a cup in her hand and a pitcher on her shoulder, sometimes it pours in a cup of nectar to offer it to the eagle of Jupiter. In ancient Rome, her character has a political connotation, beeing associated with the youth of the state, which flourishes and is always renewed. In the eighteenth century, portraits of women frequently adopt the attributes of Hebe, to celebrate youth and beauty of the model. The representations of Hebe by Antonio Canova are among the best known. Two of them are preserved in the Pinacoteca Civica and the Hermitage Museum.
Dim: W: 7,9 in - D: 7,9in - H: 26in.
Dim: L:20cm, P:20cm, H:66cm.