Thomas Banks RA, The Falling Titan
Thomas Banks RA, The Falling Titan

The Falling Titan, 1786

Thomas Banks RA (1735 - 1805)

RA Collection: Art

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.

Object details

Title
The Falling Titan
Artist/designer
Thomas Banks RA (1735 - 1805)
Date
1786
Object type
Sculpture
Medium
Marble
Dimensions

845 mm x 902 mm x 584 mm, Weight: 265 kg

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1673
Acquisition
Diploma Work given by Thomas Banks RA accepted 1786

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