Eu, Seine-Maritime 1612 or 1614 - Paris 1686
probably cast late seventeenth century from a model of 1652
Dimensions (HxWxD): 24 x 14 1⁄2 x 5 1⁄2 in.
Acc. No.: 94.SB.21
Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Photo credit: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- France, private collection
- 1994, Fontainebleau, sold at auction
- Museum's website, accessed 22 March 2012 and August 3, 2018
- 1997 Fusco
Peter Fusco, Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997, p. 2, repr.
- 2008-2009 Paris/New York/Los Angeles
Cast in Bronze. French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Edited by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Guilhem Scherf, with James David Draper for the English-language edition, Paris, Musée du Louvre, October 22, 2008-January 19, 2009; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 24-May 24, 2009; Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, June 30-September 27, 2009, Musée du Louvre Editions / Somogy Editions d'Art, 2008, no. 59 B, p. 216-219, entry by Ian Wardropper (exhibited in New York and Los Angeles)
- Museum's website, accessed August 3, 2018:
Despite this statuette's small size, Jupiter, the supreme Roman god and ruler of Olympus, stands powerful and tall, ready to hurl his punishing thunderbolts. As he raises his arm, his toga falls, revealing clearly defined musculature on his chest and protruding veins on his arms. At his side stands an eagle, the attribute that identifies the god. Based on several well-known antique sculptures, the figure conforms to the thundering Jupiter type. The artist has chosen to depict him just before he releases his fatal thunderbolts onto wrongdoers: the anticipation of his raised right arm adds tension to the stable figure.
Jupiter may have belonged to a group of figures of Roman gods and goddesses that was designed by the sculptor Michel Anguier for display in an aristocratic home. While multiple casts of the other figures survive, this statuette appears to be the only known cast of the figure of Jupiter. The figure's dramatic gesture, intense focus, and powerful body correspond to the Roman Baroque style popular in seventeenth-century France. The classical theme and the statue's relationship to antique works would also have appealed to aristocratic French patrons.