Ernest Procter The Zodiac 1925

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Artwork details

Artist
Ernest Procter 1886–1935
Title
The Zodiac
Date 1925
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1676 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1936
Reference
N04839
Not on display

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This painting cleverly combines representations of the twelve animal and human symbols of the Zodiac into a dynamic composition. The twelve symbols, beginning at the top left are: Aquarius the water-carrier: Pisces the fish: Aries the ram; Taurus the bull, Gemini the twins; Cancer the crab; Leo the lion; Virgo the virgin holding the balancing scales of Libra; Scorpio the scorpion; Sagittarius the archer; and Capricorn the goat. These symbols were conceived by ancient civilizations and linked to the stellar constellations which are situated in a belt of the heavens traversed annually by the sun, hence the prominent position of the sun in a grouping which Procter set in planetary space.

August 2004

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