An image of Image of medallion of Apollo destroying Icarus by Eleonore Lange

Eleonore Lange

(Germany, Australia 28 Oct 1893 – 20 Aug 1990)

Image of medallion of Apollo destroying Icarus by Eleonore Lange

Location
Not on display
Further information

The subject of this medallion is not certain, though one possible reading is that the medallion symbolically tells the story of the flight of Icarus. The father of Icarus, Daedalus, fashioned wings out of wax and feathers for his son. He warned him not to fly too close to the sun. However, Icarus in a moment of vanity ignored his father’s warning. The wax that held his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Apollo was considered the god of the Sun and this medallion might show him spearing Icarus, who has plunged to the earth.

Media
Photograph
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions
6.8 x 6.6 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
National Art Archive. Gift of Frank Hinder 1990
Accession number
ARC109.11.30
Copyright
© Estate of Eleonore Lange