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Clytie

modeled 1865-1867, carved 1873 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 marble 26 1/8 x 19 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (66.3 x 48.6 x 26.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


Luce Center Quote

“I am trying to make it my best ideal bust . . . Most visitors seem to think it the best.” Hiram Powers, 1866, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91

Luce Center Label

Clytie is a water nymph from Greek mythology who fell in love with Apollo and never took her eyes off him as he flew across the sky. Eventually, she became a sunflower, forever turning its face with the course of the sun. Hiram Powers likely based this sculpture on an antique Roman bust in the British Museum that was widely reproduced across Europe. Powers added a sunflower to the figure’s hair to symbolize Clytie’s fate.

Keywords

Mythology - classical - Clytie

sculpture

stone - marble

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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