Art History at a Glance
In Classical mythology, Hebe was the personification of eternal youth. This enchanting goddess also played a role as the cup-bearer for the divinities who resided on Mt. Olympus. And Neoclassical artist Antonio Canova has captured Hebe perfectly in this work of sculpture. With a graceful gesture, the goddess holds one arm aloft, and pours nectar from a golden vessel into a cup. Other gold accents take the form of jewelry, including a necklace and a diadem, and together contrast with Hebe's fashionably pale skin.
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An article about Hebe in Classical mythology is available at Mythography.
This beautiful book (which is a part of the Phaidon Art & Ideas series) features information about the Neoclassical style. It is an insightful and delightful introduction to an important period in the history of art.