Monday, February 13, 2012

Abduction of Ganymede

A very special pipe depicting a theme from mythology: the abduction of Ganymede. 

The Trojan prince Ganymede (Greek: Γανυμήδης, Ganymēdēs) was held to be outstandingly beautiful. 

Jupiter fell violently in love with him and desired him as a cup-bearer at the banquet of the gods. 

Transforming himself into an eagle he carried off the youth to Olympus, where Ganymede took over the office of cup-bearer from Hebe, the goddess of youth and daughter of Juno. 

In this carver's interpretation, rather than the traditional eagle, a vulture is the abductor.

8" l., ca. 1880. (In a private collection)

Following Homer, Plato and Virgil, the myth of Ganymede inspired many famous sculptors, painters and poets over the centuries.

Rilievo romano con Ratto di Ganimede, del I secolo d.C., conservato a Firenze.

The Abduction of Ganymede by Pieter Pauwel Rubens, 1611-12. Location: Schwarzenberg Palace, Vienna.

Ganymed in den Fängen des Adlers, The Abduction of Ganymede by
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1635,
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister,
Dresden, Germany

Ganymede, by
Henry Oliver Walker ( 1843 - 1929 ) American painter and muralist.
Library of Congress Jefferson Building

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