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Title

Image of medallion of Apollo destroying Icarus by Eleonore Lange


Creator
Eleonore Lange

Germany, Australia

28 Oct 1893 - 20 Aug 1990

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About

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.


Details


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

6.3 x 6.2 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Frank Hinder 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC109.11.31