Antoine-Louis Barye: Juno

Made of bonded bronze

Hand-patinated to reflect the original finish.

Height 11 in., width 4 1/2 in., depth 5 1/2 in.

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Brooklyn Museum of Art

19th Century Art

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

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One of the great deities of ancient Rome, Juno was the wife of Jupiter and the protectress of the Roman Empire. Her symbol was the regal peacock, and Roman myths tell of how she was carried through the air in a richly appointed chariot drawn by peacocks. Our statuette is a reproduction of a bronze sculpture, Juno with Her Peacock, by French sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875), now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Although adept at creating monumental sculptures, Barye found his greatest success with small bronzes. The original, which was modeled by Barye around 1840 and cast after 1855, was part of a candelabrum that also featured Venus and Minerva. These three Roman goddesses were involved in the incident that sparked the Trojan War, when Paris (as the world's handsomest man) was forced to choose which of them was the fairest. All of the goddesses bribed Paris, but Venus-who promised that Paris would have the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Troy, as his reward-took the laurel. Produced in cooperation with the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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