About this artwork
A British sculptor and draughtsman who created figural designs for famed ceramicist Josiah Wedgwood, John Flaxman had a taste for the Neoclassical, which led him to Rome in 1787. While in the Eternal City, Flaxman produced this study for a nine-by-five-foot bas-relief using several references from ancient Roman sculpture. The drawing exhibits Flaxman’s signature elegance in figural outlines. However, Flaxman felt the project was inadequate to establish his reputation as a sculptor, so he abandoned it and later reused two of the figures from this drawing in a different context.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- John Flaxman
- Amphion and Zethus Delivering their Mother Antiope from the Fury of Dirce and Lycus
- Pen and gray ink and brush and gray wash, over graphite, on gray laid paper, laid down on ivory wove paper
- Signed, inscribed, and dated lower left, in pen and gray-brown ink: "Flaxman, Roma 1789"
- 161 × 292 mm (primary support); 233 × 357 mm (secondary support)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection