Joseph Mallord William Turner Jason exhibited 1802

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Title
Jason
Date Exhibited 1802
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 902 x 1197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00471
Not on display

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Jason was a Greek hero, challenged to bring home from Colchis a golden fleece belonging to a marvellous ram. Here, Jason is seen stealing up on a dragon which he must outwit to gain the fleece.

The hero’s courage is emphasised by the way Turner suggests, rather than shows, the size and ferocity of the dragon. A single coil of its body emerges from the deep shadow, while the bones of previous human victims are scattered in front of its lair.

February 2004

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