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Castor and Pollux, (sculpture)

Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
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Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. V
CASTOR and POLLUX, were twin brothers, and sons of Jupiter and Leda. Mercury, immediately after their birth, carried them to Pallena, where they were educated, and as soon as they had arrived at the years of maturity, they embarked with Jason on the argonautic expedition. In this adventure, both behaved with signal [sic] courage; the latter conquered and slew Amycus, in the combat of the Cestus, and was ever after considered the God and patron of boxing and wrestling--the former distinguished himself in the management of horses. . . . They were invited to the nuptial feast of Lycas and Idus, where becoming enamoured with the brides, (the daughters of Leucippus)--a battle ensued in which Lycas fell by the hand of Castor, who was killed by Idas. . . . Pollux tenderly attached to his brother, and inconsolable for his loss, intreated Jupiter either to restore Castor to life, or permit him to resign his own immortality; Jupiter listened benignly to his prayer, and consented that the immortality of Pollux should be shared with his brother, and that it should be alternately enjoyed by them. This act of fraternal love Jupiter rewarded by making the two brothers conStellations in Heaven, under the name of Gemini, which never appear together, but when one rises the other sets. [Pp. 9-11; excerpted from an account of the myth of Castor and Pollux.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.
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AECI 04270005
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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