After a model attributed to Jean Raonmodel about 1670, probably cast about 1680 - 1700

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

As if in response to a threat, Jupiter, the ruler of the pantheon of Roman gods, turns his muscular body and stands poised to hurl his thunderbolts. Accompanied only by his sacred bird the eagle and loosely covered only by a voluminous sheath, Jupiter focuses his eyes on the distance, lending a rare psychological tension to this unusually large bronze.

Inspired by a famous ancient marble sculpture of Jupiter formerly in the Giustiniani Palace in Rome, the artist, possibly Jean Raon, retained the classical contrapposto pose: a relaxed but mobile body with opposed limbs. Jupiter raises his right arm and holds the left akimbo and stands with one leg forward and one back. Departing from his model, the artist emphasized the god's elegance and idealized anatomy. The bronze's glossy patina allows the light to play gently over the figure's cascading drapery and the smoothly defined muscles of his chest and arms. Although the model was made about 1670, the sculpture was not cast in bronze until about 1680 to 1700. Its classicizing style links the work with sculpture made by French Academy artists for French royal residences such as Versailles.

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  • Title: Jupiter
  • Creator: After a model attributed to Jean Raon
  • Date: model about 1670, probably cast about 1680 - 1700
  • Physical Dimensions: 74.3 x 41.1 x 22.1 cm (29 1/4 x 16 3/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Sculpture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.SB.106
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum East Pavilion, Gallery E102
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Sculpture