Frederick William Pomeroy Dionysus ?1890–1

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Artist
Title
Dionysus
Date ?1890–1
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 825 x 318 x 381 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Henry J. Pfungst 1898
Reference
N01762
Not on display

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F.W.Pomeroy RA was a prominent figure in the major revival of sculpture that took place in England from the 1870s onwards. The New Sculpture, as it was called, was particularly notable for a renewed interest in the techniques of bronze casting, coinciding with a rise in popular taste for Italian Renaissance bronzes. Pomeroy is reported to have 'made his mark' with this sculpture when he showed it as a plaster cast at the Royal Academy in 1890. Dionysus was the ancient Greek god of wine, and Pomeroy shows him as a vibrant youth, toasting us with his upheld rhyton, or drinking horn. Dionysus was associated with nature and the animals, and here he stands on a Renaissance style base with animal feet.

August 2004

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