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Title

This too is heroic

1988

Artist

Lindy Lee

Australia

1954 –

  • Details

    Date
    1988
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil, wax on canvas
    Dimensions
    189.0 x 144.0 x 4.2 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. verso, black marker "Lindy Lee 1988".

    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    307.1988
    Copyright
    © Lindy Lee/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Lindy Lee

    Works in the collection

    22

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  • About

    In this painting, Lindy Lee reproduces a detail from
    'The disrobing of Christ' 1577–59 by Domḗnikos
    Theotokópoulos (1541–1614), the artist best known
    as El Greco (The Greek). The original painting
    depicts Jesus moments before the crucifixion,
    surrounded by a crowd of people. In contrast,
    'This too is heroic' focuses on the solitary figure of
    a man bent over the base of the cross, diligently
    drilling a hole for the nail that will soon follow.

    Using a method known as encaustic painting, Lee
    rendered the canvas in red before covering it in
    a layer of wax and black pigment which, when
    eroded and scraped away, reveals the shape
    of a man glowing through the darkness. Lee’s
    appropriation of this fragmentary image is tied to
    her personal story as a Chinese Australian, and her
    search for a sense of identity through the grand
    narratives of Western art history.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Lindy Lee

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