Hero

  • William Henry Rinehart, Hero, modeled 1866, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Peabody Institute, 1970.335.5

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William Henry Rinehart first conceived of this figure in 1858, when he began work on her companion piece Leander. Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Every evening, her lover, Leander, swam across the straits to be with her, guided by a lantern she held aloft. One night, a storm blew out her lamp and Leander drowned. In her anguish, Hero jumped into the sea to join him. Rinehart depicted the moment when Hero realizes that Leander is dead.

Title
Hero
Artist
Date
modeled 1866
On View
Dimensions
33 1/8 x 25 x 12 1/4 in. (84.2 x 63.5 x 31.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Peabody Institute

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – lantern
  • Mythology – classical – Hero
Object Number
1970.335.5
Palette
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