Ronald Moody

Midonz

1937

Medium
Elm
Dimensions
Object: 690 x 380 x 395 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2010
Reference
T13324

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We do not know for sure the identity of this monumental head. One writer suggested she is Moody’s ‘vision of woman, primordial and awakening’. Moody himself described her as ‘the goddess of transmutation’. Moody was interested in Gnosticism, a belief in the redemption of the spirit from physical matter through spiritual knowledge. It may be this sort of transmutation that he had in mind.

Midonz was shown in Paris and Baltimore in the 1930s, after which it was lost for almost fifty years.

Gallery label, August 2003

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