The Falling Titan, 1786
Thomas Banks RA (1735 – 1805)
RA Collection: Art
On free display in Dame Jillian Sackler Sculpture Gallery
Thomas Banks presented this sculpture to the Royal Academy as his Diploma work in 1786. It depicts the failed attempt of an earthbound giant to reach Olympus and overthrow Jupiter by piling up great boulders. Dramatic foreshortening heightens the dynamism of the tumbling titan, as does the contrast in scale between his mighty figure with the satyr and goats. Banks claimed that this sophisticated sculpture was the direct result of pure artistic inspiration, however it is likely to have been based on sketches made with Henry Fuseli in Rome some years previously.
Height: 845 mm, Width: 902 mm, Depth: 584 mm, Weight: 265 kg
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