Harry Morley

Apollo and Marsyas

1924

Artist
Harry Morley 1881–1943
Medium
Tempera on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1067 x 1016 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1924
Reference
N03956

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N03956 APOLLO AND MARSYAS 1924

Inscr. ‘Harry Morley. 1924.’ b.r.
Tempera on canvas, 42×40 (106·5×102).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1924.
Exh: R.A., 1924 (226).
Repr: Apollo, I, 1925, facing p.100 (in colour).

An illustration to the Greek legend. Marsyas (in some versions a satyr) discovered a flute which had been inspired by having been played on by Athena and presumptuously challenged Apollo to the musical contest shown in this painting, on the condition that the winner was to exact what penalty he liked. The Muses awarded their verdict to Apollo, who flayed Marsyas alive.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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