The Second Part of the Return from Parnassus

A work made of wax crayon, lead pencil, oil paint, colored pencil on canvas.
© Cy Twombly Foundation

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  • A work made of wax crayon, lead pencil, oil paint, colored pencil on canvas.

Date:

1961

Artist:

Cy Twombly
American, 1928–2011

About this artwork

Cy Twombly often titled his early 1960s works with florid evocations of art, myth, and allegory. These paintings, for example, refer to Mount Parnassus, the fabled home of Apollo and the Muses, which became known as the center of poetry, music, and learning in ancient Greece. These early paintings mix regular, system-based forms, numbers, and grids together with irregular, nature-based pictograms and suggestive or intuitive references to corporeal processes—sexual and otherwise. These are aspects of a general practice in which Twombly juxtaposes such marks to connote the dualities of mind and body. In their exuberant scale and color, the artist’s works of 1961 also reflect his response to the great architectural spaces of Rome, embracing the city’s grandeur and decadence in its ancient, Baroque, and modern incarnations.

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Artist

Cy Twombly

Title

The Second Part of the Return from Parnassus

Origin

United States

Date

1961

Medium

Wax crayon, lead pencil, oil paint, colored pencil on canvas

Dimensions

200 x 260.5 cm (78 3/4 x 102 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior partial gift of the Stenn Family in memory of Marcia Stenn

Reference Number

2007.64

Copyright

© Cy Twombly Foundation

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