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Woman with Halo and Sceptre

A work made of acrylic, cotton and rhoplex on canvas.

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  • A work made of acrylic, cotton and rhoplex on canvas.




Joe Zucker
American, 1941-2024

About this artwork

Joe Zucker is a radically inventive painter whose mature works are built, constructed, or made in emphatically material and physical terms. His most iconic and influential pieces were created by attaching cotton balls, dipped in paint and Rhoplex (a polymer used in caulks and sealants), onto cotton duck canvas. This tedious, labor-intensive process, which the artist originated, relies on the tactile, dotlike forms of the cotton balls to compose a pictorial field. Woman with Halo and Sceptre is part of a series of five paintings, each comprising the same number of cotton balls, that use images of the San Vitale Byzantine mosaics (526–48) in Ravenna, Italy, as their source material—in effect, creating a mosaic out of a mosaic.


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Contemporary Art


Joe Zucker


Woman with Halo and Sceptre


United States (Object made in)

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Acrylic, cotton and Rhoplex on canvas


152.4 × 152.4 cm (60 × 60 in.)

Credit Line

Partial gift of Britta Le Va in honor of Leah Zucker; through prior gift of Joseph Winterbotham; Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize, Norman Wait Harris Prize, Wilson L. Mead, Contemporary Art Discretionary, Walter M. Campana Memorial Prize, Laura Slobe Memorial Prize, Max V. Kohnstamm Prize, William H. Bartles Prize, and Arabella Decker funds

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