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Jupiter and the Sphinx - New York City, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 40° 46.762 W 073° 57.762
18T E 587529 N 4514782
Quick Description: This sculpture is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 12:30:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMNQ1Q
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
The Museum's website (visit link) provides the information about this sculpture:

"Jupiter and the Sphinx
Artist: Auguste Préault (French, 1809–1879)
Date: 1868
Culture: French, Paris
Medium: Tinted plaster
Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): H. 46 7/8 x W. 44 1/8 x D. 23 3/4 in. (119.1 x 112.1 x 60.3 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, in honor of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, 1981
Accession Number: 1981.319.2...

This group is the sculptor's working model for one of two monumental stone sculptures completed in 1870 and still in the garden of the palace at Fontainbleau. Like Venus, the companion sculpture, Jupiter has no precedent in antique iconography and is apparently the original product of Préault's deeply Romantic imagination."


The sphinx is unusual...it seems to have a woman's breasts, a man's face and muscular arms and a set of ram horns.
Statue Name: Jupiter and the Sphinx

Style: Other

Medium: Tinted plaster

Head Type: Man

Website: [Web Link]

Street Address:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY United States


Specify Other Head: Not listed

Head Namesake: Not listed

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