Jupiter and the Sphinx - New York City, NY
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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 York, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2015 5:07:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMNPXX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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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."

As for the god, Jupiter, Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"Jupiter (Latin: Iuppiter; /'j?p?t?r/; genitive case: Iovis; /'j??w?s/) or Jove is the king of the gods and the god of sky and thunder in myth. Jupiter was the chief deity of Roman state religion throughout the Republican and Imperial eras, until Christianity became the dominant religion of the Empire. In Roman mythology, he negotiates with Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, to establish principles of Roman religion such as sacrifice.

Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as a sky god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt, and his primary sacred animal is the eagle, which held precedence over other birds in the taking of auspices and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army (see Aquila). The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins. As the sky-god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. Many of his functions were focused on the Capitoline ("Capitol Hill"), where the citadel was located. He was the chief deity of the early Capitoline Triad with Mars and Quirinus. In the later Capitoline Triad, he was the central guardian of the state with Juno and Minerva. His sacred tree was the oak.

The Romans regarded Jupiter as the equivalent of the Greek Zeus, and in Latin literature and Roman art, the myths and iconography of Zeus are adapted under the name Iuppiter. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Jupiter was the brother of Neptune and Pluto. Each presided over one of the three realms of the universe: sky, the waters, and the underworld. The Italic Diespiter was also a sky god who manifested himself in the daylight, usually but not always identified with Jupiter. Tinia is usually regarded as his Etruscan counterpart."
Time Period: Ancient

Approximate Date of Epic Period: 2000 BC

Epic Type: Religous

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

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