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Apollo and Marsyas

A work made of oil on board.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on board.

Date:

1888

Artist:

Hans Thoma
German, 1839–1924

About this artwork

Along with Arnold Böcklin, Hans Thoma was a leading Northern European figure in the shift from Realism and history painting to art inspired by classical myths and legends. Taken from Ovid’s epic poem Metamorphoses, Thoma showed the satyr Marsyas challenging Apollo, the master of the lyre, to a musical contest. Although he avoided depicting the cruel outcome of the match (the satyr lost and was flayed alive by Apollo), the artist’s treatment of Apollo, whose idealized body and luminous skin set him apart from the shadowy halftones of his challenger, hints at the winner. Thoma’s painted frame may also have been inspired by a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Status

On View, Gallery 245

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Hans Thoma

Title

Apollo and Marsyas

Date

1888

Medium

Oil on board

Dimensions

101 × 73.5 cm (39 3/4 × 28 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Henry Morgen, Ann G. Morgen, Meyer Wasser, and Ruth G. Wasser

Reference Number

2008.555

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