Dame Elisabeth Frink

Riace I

1986

Artist
Dame Elisabeth Frink 1930–1993
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Displayed: 2120 x 800 x 1010 mm, 254 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with asssistance from Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1998
Reference
T07398

Not on display

Display caption

This is one of four 'Riace' sculptures which were inspired by the discovery of two fifth-century BC Greek bronze sculptures in the sea off Southern Italy in the 1970s. Frink saw them on display in Florence and described how 'the original figures are very beautiful, but also very sinister'. The bronzes depict ancient Greek mercenaries: warriors who would fight in exchange for sacrificial offerings in their benefit. A lifelong supporter of Amnesty International, Frink has said, 'Thuggishness is a bit of a preoccupation with me. It hinges on all my humanitarian sentiments'.

Gallery label, August 2004

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