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Alexandre Cabanel
Oil on canvas

38 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches
Gift of Mary Phelps Smith, in memory of her husband, Howard Caswell Smith, 1965

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Alexandre Cabanel (French, Montpellier 1823–1889 Paris)
Echo, 1874

In Greek mythology Echo is the beautiful nymph who falls in love with Narcissus, a handsome youth who loves only his own reflection. Because of her endless chatter, Hera condemns Echo to a life of silence except for repeating what others say to her. Still in love with Narcissus, Echo retreats to a remote grotto and pines away until only her voice is left.



Alexandre Cabanel: The Tradition of Beauty
Alexandre Cabanel, la tradition du beau, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, 07/09/2010-01/01/2011.
Alexandre Cabanel - die Tradition des Schönen, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, 02/14/2011-05/15/2011.

Exhibition publication:

Alexandre Cabanel: The Tradition of Beauty, Blühm, Andreas, edit., University of Chicago Press, 2011, [128 pages, 120 color plates]; s.v. "Alexandre Cabanel, la tradition du beau," Musée Fabre, Montpellier, exh., 07/09/2010-01/01/2011; s.v. "Alexandre Cabanel - die Tradition des Schönen," Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne,  exh., 02/14/2011-05/15/2011.

Andreas Blühm is director of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Foundation Corboud in Cologne, Germany.


Related Works

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

The Birth of Venus, 1875

The first version of Cabanel’s Birth of Venus (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) created a sensation at the Salon of 1863, which was dubbed the "Salon of the Venuses" owing to the number of alluring nudes on view. Embodying the ideals of academic art, the careful modeling, silky brushwork, and mythological subject of Cabanel’s canvas proved a winning combination: the Salon picture was purchased by no less than Napoleon III for his personal collection. In 1875, John Wolfe commissioned the present, slightly smaller, replica from Cabanel.

Go to >> The Birth of Venus, 1875, Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Additional Information

Alexandre Cabanel: Selected Biographies on Art in Context

Alexandre Cabanel: Related Links on Art in Context


Alexandre Cabanel, French, (1823-1889)
b. September 28, 1823, Montpellier, France
d. 1889

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