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Ram

A work made of granite.

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  • A work made of granite.

Date:

c. 1930

Artist:

John B. Flannagan (American, 1895–1942)

About this artwork

In this sculpture, John B. Flannagan shallowly carved the ram’s curving horns, downturned ears, and folds of wool with minimal incisions that follow the irregular shape of the granite block. The artist was acclaimed for his skill as a direct carver: instead of planning the work with clay models, he took inspiration from an individual piece of stone and saw himself as simply releasing the image from it. Flannagan enjoyed sculpting animals because he believed they represented nature unspoiled, and he carved the granite as little as possible to maintain this purity.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

John Bernard Flannagan

Title

Ram

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1930

Medium

Granite

Dimensions

36.8 × 19.1 × 31.1 cm (14 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 12 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2012.127

Extended information about this artwork

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