Cy Twombly
Winter’s Passage: Luxor 1985

Artwork details

Artist
Cy Twombly 1928–2011
Title
Winter’s Passage: Luxor
Date 1985
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 540 x 1057 x 516 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Cy Twombly Foundation 2014
Reference
T14084
Not on display

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This sculpture was originally made from off-cuts of timber, and was then cast in bronze. With its sloping mast, it resembles a traditional Nile boat. Twombly’s title refers to the journey from the ancient Egyptian capital Luxor to the burial grounds, such as the Valley of the Kings, in the deserts on the west bank of the Nile. The block of wood placed on the boat like a piece of cargo could represent a sarcophagus protecting the body on its final journey.

July 2008

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