Sacred Place

Michael Ayrton (1921 - 1975)

Lithograph

1958

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Greece
    City: Athens
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Michael Ayrton was born in London, the son of the poet and critic, Gerald Gould and MP, Barbara Ayrton Gould. He studied art in London before visiting Paris in 1938 with the artist John Minton, where they studied with the French neo-romanticist Eugene Berman (1899-1972). A true polymath, Ayrton worked in painting, sculpture, theatre design, art criticism, film-making and radio broadcasting. He had an enduring passion for the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, which he explored through the medium of sculpture. In 1986 he built a large-scale maze in New York State that imitated the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, the mythical creation of Daedalus. His work is represented in major collections particularly in Britain, the United States and Canada.
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    Greece
    Materials & Techniques
    lithograph
  • Details
    Title
    Sacred Place
    Date
    1958
    Medium
    Lithograph
    Dimensions
    height: 53.50 cm, width: 76.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from St. George's Gallery, March 1959
    Inscription
    below image: 18/50 / Michael Ayrton
    GAC number
    4922