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Title

Image of medallion of Apollo destroying Icarus by Eleonore Lange

Artist

Eleonore Lange

Germany, Australia

28 Oct 1893 - 20 Aug 1990

  • Details

    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    6.3 x 6.2 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    National Art Archive. Gift of Frank Hinder 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    ARC109.11.31
    Copyright
    © Estate of Eleonore Lange

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    The subject of this medallion is not certain, though one possible reading is that the medallion symbolically tells the story of the flight of Icarus. The father of Icarus, Daedalus, fashioned wings out of wax and feathers for his son. He warned him not to fly too close to the sun. However, Icarus in a moment of vanity ignored his father’s warning. The wax that held his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Apollo was considered the god of the Sun and this medallion might show him spearing Icarus, who has plunged to the earth.

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