Minotaur Risen


Artist
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921 – 1975)
Date
1971
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Plate : 21 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (54.61 x 34.29 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
1988.2.8

Label
In his novel The Maze Maker, Ayrton described the Minotaur’s physical characteristics this way: “He is no taller than a man and his legs are light and sinewy. He is very fast over a short distance, but the weight of his crest and skull are such that his balance is uncertain. His shoulders are enormously thick and he has hands which can crush stones in their grip. In contest with him it is well to remember that although much of him is bull, his hands and arms are those of a man with superhuman strength. His chest too is deep and he is not quickly winded. He can throw a fully armored warrior twenty feet with a single toss of his head and his horns will penetrate three inches of seasoned wood.” This print portrays the now mature Minotaur gazing at his hand as he becomes increasingly aware of his own great strength.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths