This statuette represents Hebe, the Greek goddess of immortal youth and beauty and the cup-bearer to the gods on Mount Olympus. Gerhard, who trained with Giambologna in Florence, expressed the Florentine mannerist ideal of beauty in this elegant attenuated figure. Designed to be seen from all angles, this spiraling figure is a source of visual delight. Hebe was probably one of two female figures made for the perimeter of the monumental Augustus Fountain that Gerhard created in Augsburg, Germany, between 1589 and 1594.
Artist Hubert Gerhard, Netherlandish, 1540-1620
Title
  • Hebe
Date ca. 1590
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall (including base): 30 × 12 3/8 × 8 1/16 inches (76.2 × 31.4 × 20.5 cm)
Overall (without base or marble socle): 24 7/16 × 12 3/8 × 8 1/16 inches (62.1 × 31.4 × 20.5 cm)
Mount (base): 6 1/16 × 6 1/16 inches (15.4 × 15.4 cm)
Mount (marble socle): 5 13/16 × 8 1/16 × 8 1/16 inches (14.8 × 20.4 × 20.5 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Anne and Henry Ford II
Accession Number 59.123
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W230, Level 2 (see map)
Samuel Boddington (London, England);
Lady Webster (London, England);
J. and S. Goldschmidt (dealer) (Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany);
William Salomon (dealer) (New York, New York, USA);
Rothschild (Vienna, Austria);
Duveen Brothers (dealer) (New York, New York, USA);
1959-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)


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