The Trojan prince Ganymede (Greek: Γανυμήδης, Ganymēdēs) was held to be outstandingly beautiful.
Jupiter fell violently in love with him and desired him as a cup-bearer at the banquet of the gods.
Transforming himself into an eagle he carried off the youth to Olympus, where Ganymede took over the office of cup-bearer from Hebe, the goddess of youth and daughter of Juno.
In this carver's interpretation, rather than the traditional eagle, a vulture is the abductor.
|8" l., ca. 1880. (In a private collection)|
Following Homer, Plato and Virgil, the myth of Ganymede inspired many famous sculptors, painters and poets over the centuries.
|Rilievo romano con Ratto di Ganimede, del I secolo d.C., conservato a Firenze.|
|The Abduction of Ganymede by Pieter Pauwel Rubens, 1611-12. Location: Schwarzenberg Palace, Vienna.|
|Ganymed in den Fängen des Adlers,
The Abduction of Ganymede by
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1635,
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, |
Henry Oliver Walker ( 1843 - 1929 ) American painter and muralist.
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