John Mortimer

Successful monster

Successful monster by John Mortimer

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The theme of Beauty and the Beast, in which women at first resist the 'monstrous' but eventually succumb to their desires, fitted well within the Early Romantic artists' fascination for literary and macabre allusions. This plate demonstrates Mortimer's brilliance in creating a sense of movement through the use of rapidly-drawn lines. The subject is a loose adaptation of the Triton abducting a woman in Raphael's Galatea in the Farnesina (1514). (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Successful monster
Artist/creator
Production date
1778
Medium
etching
Dimensions
280 x 180 mm
Inscription
(within image) M (LC) (below image) SUCCESSFUL MONSTER (LC). (below image) Published Decr 8 1778 by I Mortimer (LR).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/39/3
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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