Richard Westmacott

Jupiter and Ganymede


In Tate Britain
Richard Westmacott 1775–1856
Marble relief
Object: 685 x 515 x 190 mm
frame: 810 x 630 x 240 mm
The Royal Academy of Arts, London
On short term loan

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In classical mythology Ganymede was a handsome shepherd who was abducted by Jupiter, in the form of an eagle, and was taken to Olympus to be cup-bearer to the gods. Westmacott was one of the leading neo-classical sculptors in London. After three years in Italy he established himself as a scholar of Greek and Roman antiquities and won numerous commissions, such as the huge Achilles which remains in Hyde Park. This relief was presented to the Royal Academy as his Diploma Work when he was elected a Royal Academician in 1811.

Gallery label, February 2016

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