Kenneth Armitage Diarchy 1957

Artwork details

Artist
Kenneth Armitage 1916–2002
Title
Diarchy
Date 1957
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1708 x 1086 x 1003 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01268
Not on display

Display caption

‘Diarchy’ is government by two people, for example a king and queen. Here, the torsos of the two figures are melded together in one rectangular slab of bronze, with only their heads and limbs standing free.

The rough surface of the bronze suggests weathering, as if the sculpture has been worn down over centuries. Its rigidity and monumental scale give it a mysterious authority.

August 2004

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