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Circe Enchants Ulysses' Sailors

1957 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on wood base 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14.0 x 16.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.60 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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Paul Manship created many sculptures of mythical characters and often chose to illustrate a particular moment in a legend rather than a general theme or symbol. This sculpture shows a scene from the story of Ulysses, a Greek leader in the Trojan War. When Ulysses and his men stopped at an island in search of food, the sorceress Circe captured the crew and turned them into pigs. Ulysses saved his men with the help of a special herb that countered Circe’s magic. Manship chose not to show the hero Ulysses and instead depicted Circe surrounded by the enslaved sailors.

Keywords

Animal - pig

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Mythology - classical - Circe

sculpture

metal - bronze

wood

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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