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Standing Orpheus with Pegasus

ca. 1932 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 gilded bronze on marble base 11 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. (29.0 x 10.6 x 8.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.78 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Label

In Greek mythology the musician Orpheus played the lyre so beautifully that wild animals grew tame, and rocks and trees listened. When his wife, Eurydice, was killed by a snake bite, Orpheus went down to the underworld to rescue her. His music was so bewitching that he was given permission to take Eurydice back with him, but only if he did not look at her on the journey. He could not resist just one glance, however, and Eurydice was taken from him a second time. This sculpture shows Orpheus, his arms raised in grief, with the winged horse Pegasus.

Keywords

Fantasy - animal - horse

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Mythology - classical - Orpheus

Mythology - classical - Pegasus

Performing arts - music - lute

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

gilded

About Paul Manship

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

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