Minotaur Consecrated


Artist
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Date
1971
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Plate : 13 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (34.29 x 54.61 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Sheet : 33 x 25 in. (83.82 x 63.5 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, purchased with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Strumbos
Object Number
1988.2.4

Label
After the Minotaur was born, Queen Pasiphaë wrapped him in swaddling clothes, anointed him with oil, and presented him to the temple gods. She attempted to legitimize him by naming him Asterion after King Minos’s step-father, but Minos wanted nothing to do with his wife’s illicit offspring and ordered Daedalus to build the Labyrinth to conceal and confine the unfortunate creature.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths