Cybele and Three Attendants

Antoine Léonard Du Pasquier French

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The sculptor Du Pasquier studied at the Académie de France in Rome at the same time as Jacques Louis David. A similar idealization and simplification of the figure is notable in the artists’ respective bodies of work. This design in the form of a lunette sets the goddess Cybele with three attendants in a shallow space, suggesting that the artist intended it for a bas-relief in an architectural setting. The goddess, associated with the earth, sits atop a pedestal receiving offerings. Du Pasquier denotes her strength with a crown shaped like a fortress, and her fertility with abundant flowers and wheat, likely in emulation of ancient Roman sculptures of the goddess.

Cybele and Three Attendants, Antoine Léonard Du Pasquier (French, Paris, 1748–1831/32), Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash

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