Punishment of Ixion I


Artist
Takeshi Takahara (American; Japanese, b. 1943)
Date
early 1970s
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Plate : 23 1/2 x 32 in. (59.69 x 81.28 cm)
Frame : 42 x 33 1/2 in. (1.1 m x 85.09 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
1975.2.6

Label
Ixion was the legendary king of an ancient Thessalonian tribe who angered the Olympian gods by murdering his father-in-law and later attempting to seduce the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. For his crimes, Ixion was tied by the god Hermes to an ever-spinning wheel of fire. The only respite from Ixion’s torture came when he heard Orpheus playing a lyre and singing to Hades during Orpheus’s trip to the underworld to rescue Eurydice. This print by long-time University of Michigan art professor Takeshi Takahara portrays Hera watching Ixion as his wheel of punishment spins through the heavens.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths