The Studio Garden

The area behind the Large Studio is called the Studio Garden. It was originally laid out as a kitchen garden.

The Wings 1908

Atop a tall column we find the sculpture The Wings, sometimes referred to as The Boy with the Eagle. The motif comes from a Greek myth; Zeus turned himself into an eagle in order to abduct the most beautiful of all the mortals, the Trojan prince Ganymede, with whom he was infatuated. Later, Ganymede worked as a cupbearer, or waiter, for the gods at Mount Olympus.

The sculpture The Wings is also to be found at the Skeppsholmen Bridge in front of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

Zeus is the highest ranking god in Greek mythology. The Romans called him Jupiter, which is also the name of the largest planet. Several moons orbit the planet, all named after figures that was important to Zeus/Jupiter. One of the moons is called Ganymede. The column that holds up the sculpture comes from King Gustav III's opera house in Stockholm that was demolished in 1891 and located on the site of the current opera house. 

The Eagle 1919

The large eagle belongs to the sculpture The Archer, placed outside Liljevalchs Konsthall on Djurgården in Stockholm. The sculpture of a naked man with a bow standing on an eagle is perched on a twelve-metre high column. This eagle, carved in granite, was made for the sculpture but when it was placed on the column cracks were discovered and it was removed. It now stands here on the ground at Millesgården. The eagle is the god Zeus bird and has also given its name to the constellation Aquila in the northern starry sky.
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