We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.
John Gibson RA, Amazon falling from her Horse

Amazon falling from her Horse, ca. 1842-1848 ?

John Gibson RA (1790 - 1866)

RA Collection: Art

Gibson depicted the figure of a wounded Amazon three times - twice in bas-relief and once as a statue. The bas-reliefs enabled him to combine his anatomical interest in horses and the female body. Although he looked to nature, Gibson undoubtedly based his Amazons on the classical prototypes on display in the Vatican and Capitoline Galleries.

In 1850 he wrote to his friend Mrs Sandbach giving an account of the Vatican sculpture galleries. Among the works, which struck him was a ‘beautiful statue of an Amazon.’ He wrote:

‘The lover of Greek sculpture is here struck by the power of the Greek artist in blending severity of character and strength with the female form. The face is grave, and seems incapable of tender emotion – yet beautiful. The shoulders are somewhat broad, and the left breast, which is exposed, is small, not prominent. The arms and limbs are particularly fine. The tunic is a specimen of the dress which the Amazons are supposed to have worn, and is in numerous crisp folds, giving breadth to the flesh. The style of this statue is worthy of Phobias [Phidias].’ (Lady Eastlake, 1870, pp. 181-182)

Object details

Title
Amazon falling from her Horse
Artist/designer
John Gibson RA (1790 - 1866)
Date
ca. 1842-1848 ?
Object type
Sculpture Relief
Medium
Plaster relief
Dimensions

524 mm x 727 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/742
Styles
Studio frame
Acquisition
Bequeathed by John Gibson RA 1866
Finish
Painted black
Ornament
Inscribed with title
Cross-section
Architrave
Alteration
No
Status
Period

Associated works of art

1 results

return to start
back

Start exploring the RA Collection

read more
  • Explore art works, paint-smeared palettes, scribbled letters and more...
  • Artists and architects have run the RA for 250 years.
    Our Collection is a record of them.
Start exploring