Minotaur Rising


Artist
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Date
1971
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Plate : 15 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (39.37 x 54.61 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
: 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
1988.2.7

Label
In Ayrton’s imagination, Pasiphaë loved the Minotaur and continued regularly to visit him inside the Labyrinth. This print depicts one of their meetings, where—like an ungainly toddler—the Minotaur bellows and tugs at his mother’s clothing to signify his unhappiness and anger at his imprisonment. Viewed in sequence, this image and the previous three images represent the physical development of the Minotaur by showing him in a succession of postures: lying, crawling, crouching and finally standing.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths