Hygieia and Aesculapius, 1808
Plaster. 146,5 cm
Inventory number: A318
Works, relating to this work: Thorvaldsen, Hygieia and Aeculapius, 1825, marble version,the facade of Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen; now in the passageway, "Kongeporten"Enlarge photo
Aesculapius is the god of medicine and his daughter Hygieia, the goddess of health. Here she is giving a health-giving drink to the snake winding itself around Aesculapius’ staff. The scene is an allegory of “Health”.