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Title

Narcissus

post 1829

Artist

John Gibson RA

Wales, Italy, England

baptised 19 June 1790 – 27 Jan 1866

  • Details

    Date
    post 1829
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    marble
    Dimensions
    86.0 x 36.0 x 60.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed front of base [incised into marble], "I. GIBSON...". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1892
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    1220
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    John Gibson RA

    Works in the collection

    5

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  • About

    A protege of John Flaxman, John Gibson gravitated to Rome in 1818, becoming a pupil of the grandest of all neoclassical sculptors, Antonio Canova. Gibson's style was determined by his admiration for, and emulation of, the prototypical masterpieces of Greek and Roman statuary. A resulting academic quality, perfectly in accord with contemporary expectations of taste, became his sculptural signature. Though he experimented on occasion with polychromatic techniques and unusual materials, Gibson's preferred medium was marble, with its traditional associations of purity and chasteness. In this version of the Narcissus legend, inspired by a Roman youth gazing into a fountain, the sculptor transformed an everyday sight into a vision of antiquity. The subject's hairstyle and footwear are dutifully quoted from classical sources.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999 .

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

Other works by John Gibson RA

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