Clytie

  • Hiram Powers, Clytie, modeled 1865-1867, carved 1873, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.20

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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.

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“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

Title
Clytie
Artist
Date
modeled 1865-1867, carved 1873
On View
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 19 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (66.3 x 48.6 x 26.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Clytie
Object Number
1968.155.20
Palette
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