July 11, 2014

Phorbas & Oedipus

This neo-classical sculpture of an infant Oedipus being rescued by the shepherd Phorbas is based on an 1801 plaster model by Antoine-Denis Chaudet. It was realized in marble some time after the artist's death in 1810, and is currently in the collection of the Louvre in Paris.

It caught my eye because it looked like Phorbas has some sort of amazing, over-the-shoulder surrogate breastfeeding apparatus going on there. I figured it's still worth posting, even though it just turned out to be a bowl.

Antoine-Denis Chaudet, après 1810, Oedipe enfant rappelé à la vie par le berger Phorbas qui l'a détaché de l'arbre [louvre.fr]

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