Jacques Lipchitz Sketch for ‘Bellerophon Taming Pegasus’ 1964

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Sketch for ‘Bellerophon Taming Pegasus’
Date 1964
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 522 x 407 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03480
Not on display

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For Lipchitz, the capture of the flying horse Pegasus by the Greek hero Bellerophon symbolised the control of nature by human intelligence. He selected the theme specifically for a sculpture at the Columbia University School of Law in New York. Bellerophon stands at the bottom of the composition, pulling down Pegasus's head and tying a rope around his neck. The final sculpture, set in place in 1977, is more than eleven metres high.

August 2004

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