Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds

  • Paul Manship, Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds, 1955, bronze, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.72

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Paul Manship modeled many sculptures of Hercules, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. Zeus’s wife, Queen Hera, was jealous of Hercules and tormented him so much that he murdered his own family in a fit of insanity. As punishment, he was sentenced to serve twelve labors for his cousin and enemy, Eurystheus. These included strangling the Nemean lion, whose skin was impenetrable, destroying the many-headed Hydra, and stealing the belt from the Amazon queen Hippolyte. His final labor was to capture Cerberus, a three-headed dog from the kingdom of the dead.

Title
Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds
Artists
Date
1955
On View
Dimensions
9 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 7.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male
  • Mythology – classical – Hercules
  • Animal – bird
Object Number
1966.47.72
Palette
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