Robert Medley
The Antique Room at the Slade: Niobe and Hermes 1952

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Robert Medley 1905–1994
The Antique Room at the Slade: Niobe and Hermes
Date 1952
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1264 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Not on display

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This painting celebrates the room of plaster casts taken from antique sculptures which was used as a vital teaching tool in the Slade School curriculum. This Antique Room no longer exists. In 1952 Medley was a visiting teacher in the Department of Theatrical Design, while William Coldstream was Slade Professor of Fine Art. Easels and partly finished work by the students fill the foreground while the background is dominated by a cast of Praxiteles's 4th century BC Hermes with the infant Dionysus. Medley attempted in this painting to experiment with interior space and the tension wrought by combining perceived reality with an imaginatively conceived composition.

September 2004

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