Cutler and Gross Spring-Summer 2014
Objects of my affection: Givenchy, Noah Mills, and Ru Ware (courtesy, British Museum)
Balliol College Oxford in the 1910s and 20s.
Claude-Clair Francin (French, 1702-1773)
According to Ovid, “the king of the gods once burned with love for Phrygian Ganymede, and to win him Jupiter chose to be something other than he was. Yet he did not deign to transform himself into any other bird, than that eagle, that could carry his lightning bolts. Straightaway, he beat the air with deceitful wings, and stole the Trojan boy, who still handles the mixing cups, and against Juno’s will pours out Jove’s nectar.”
Originally commissioned in 1743 by Louis XV for the gardens at Versailles, Francin never completed the marble, only to be finished by Nicolas Francois Dupre at the behest of the count of Maurepas, Louis XVI’s chief advisor, in 1777-78. The sculpture now resides in permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art.