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John Godward

Memories

Memories by John Godward

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An imitator of Alma-Tadema's classical genre scenes, Godward made his reputation from painting single female figures, diaphanously draped, in startling, naturalistic detail. In Memories, Godward has included an arcane version of a three-legged symbol, a triskelion or triskeles, on the wall, which has the head of the Medusa in the centre. In this case, the three legs turn to the right, thereby symbolising good luck. One of the symbol's many references is that of daughter, wife and goddess.

Title
Memories
Artist/creator
Production date
1892
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1276 x 870 mm
Inscription
J.W. Godward 1892
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the late James H Coleman, 1929
Accession no
1929/2/4
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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