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Hebe, the Goddess of Youth Bonded Marble Resin Statue
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By artist Bertel Thorwaldsen (1768-1844) Thorwaldsen Museum, Copenhagen
Thorvaldsen truly captured the eternal beauty of youth with his sculptural likeness of Hebe, cupbearer of the Greek gods. Hailed as the successor to Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova, Danish artist Thorwaldsen was renowned for his sculptures of mythological and classical figures. The Hebe statue, portrayed here as the official cupbearer of the Greek Olympian gods, personified the eternal beauty of youth. Our Design Toscano exclusive is complete with details including the painstakingly rendered garment folds and lifelike facial features, Hebe the daughter of Zeus and Hera is cast in fine-quality bonded marble resin for proud display in home or gallery.
4"Wx3"Dx11½"H. 2 lbs.
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   Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)




Bertel Thorvaldsen was the first critically acclaimed Danish artist and an outstanding example of the neoclassical style of sculpture. Thorvaldsen studied at the Copenhagen Academy and won a traveling scholarship to Rome, where he was to live most of his life. In Italy, the prevailing enthusiasm for classical sculpture ignited his imagination so much that he later celebrated the date of his arrival in 1797 as his Roman Birthday.

The success of Thorvaldsen's model for a statue of Jason and the Golden Fleece attracted the attention of the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova and launched Thorvaldsen on one of the most successful careers of the 19th century. Thorvaldsen created numerous sculptural works inspired by Greek mythology. He also sculpted portraits of important contemporary personalities and historic figures.

Per his final wishes, much of Bertel Thorvaldsen's fortune was donated to the endowment of a neoclassical museum in Copenhagen. Housed in the museum are his art collections and the models for all his sculptures. Thorvaldsen also expressed to be buried in the museum and his body was laid to rest.

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