- 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
- Physical Descriptions
- Bronze with black-brown patina
- 31.2 x 23 x 17.4 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
- [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
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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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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