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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: John Gregory, American, 1879–1958

Philomela

1922

Bronze with reddish-brown and green patina

12 1/4 × 9 1/4 × 4 1/4 in. (31.1 × 23.5 × 10.8 cm)
Gift of Miss Elisabeth Achelis
1956.15.2
In this bronze, the sculptor John Gregory portrays the Athenian princess Philomela at a crucial moment. She has just discovered herself being transformed by the gods into a nightingale to help her escape the wrath of Tereus, king of Thrace, who had violated her and feared she would reveal the crime. The highly stylized wings and crouching posture of the figure recall the archaic Greek works that Gregory saw and admired during his studies in Rome. This sculpture is a small version of a life-size figure the sculptor made for a garden.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
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