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Creator Name: Powers, Hiram
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1805 - 1873
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Hiram Powers
Title: Clytie
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Marble
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.28-1/4 x W.19-5/8 x D.9-7/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 80.54.3
Credit Line: Gift of Bruce B. Dayton

Powers' bust of the ancient Greek sea nymph Clytie was the artist's attempt to create a bust of ideal female beauty, a concept popular during the middle of the nineteenth century. Clytie, the daughter of the god of the sea, Oceanus, was so enamored with the sun god Apollo that every day she watched his course across the sky. Apollo took pity on her and transformed her into a heliotrope, or sunflower. Clytie became, therefore, the symbol of unwavering love.

Powers was directly inspired by a classical Roman bust in the British Museum thought to represent Antonia, mother of Germanicus and the Emperor Claudius. Powers would have seen reproductions of this bust in engravings as well as marble and porcelain copies which were widely circulated at the time.

AMICA ID: MIA_.80.54.3
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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