Jupiter and the Sphinx

Auguste Préault French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 555

This group is the sculptor's working model for one of two monumental stone sculptures completed in 1870 and still in the garden of the palace at Fontainbleau. Like Venus, the companion sculpture, Jupiter has no precedent in antique iconography and is apparently the original product of Préault's deeply Romantic imagination.

Jupiter and the Sphinx, Auguste Préault (French, Paris 1809–1879 Paris), Tinted plaster, French, Paris

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