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Gallery Text

According to Greek mythology, Aeolus lived on the island Aeolia, identified today with Lipari or Stromboli, north of Sicily. He kept the winds in a cave and released them to help or impede nautical voyages. In this dynamic bronze, Aeolus is shown as a bearded old man with a powerful physique, a type shared with figures such as Neptune and the river gods. He is seated on a rocky pedestal that doubles as the winds’ cave. His hair blown backward and his rippling muscles catching the light, he places a large hand on one of the winds, manipulating it like an instrument; as if in response, the wind puffs out its cheeks. A second wind kneels beneath Aeolus’s foot and grasps the face of a third, shown emerging from or disappearing into the cave.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.159
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Aeolus and the Winds
Other Titles
Alternate Title: River God with Three Putti
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1645-1670
Culture
Flemish
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/5519
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze with black-brown patina
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
31.2 x 23 x 17.4 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Provenance
[Bernard Black Gallery, New York] sold; to Richard Sisson, Cuba, NY, 1968, bequest; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2005.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Richard B. Sisson
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.159
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Sculpture for a Small Museum-2, auct. cat., Bernard Black Gallery (New York, NY, 1968), no. 15, repr. in b/w

Exhibition History

Sculpture for a Small Museum-2, Bernard Black Gallery, New York, 01/01/1968 - 12/31/1968

32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/08/2017

Subjects and Contexts

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