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Fifty Days at Iliam

Cy Twombly, American, 1928 - 2011

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
1978

Medium:
In ten parts: oil, oil crayon, and graphite on canvas

Dimensions:
See individual object records for dimensions.

Copyright:
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

* Gallery 284, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Gray Charitable Trust Gallery I)

Accession Number:
1989-90-1--10

Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, 1989

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Label:
In the summer of 1977, Cy Twombly began working on a "painting in ten parts" based on Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Iliad. Completed in 1978 and collectively titled Fifty Days at Iliam, the works evoke incidents from Homer's epic poem in Twombly's characteristic synthesis of words and images. The ten large canvases follow one another much like a developing narrative. They are ordered as follows: Shield of Achilles (on view in Gallery 184); Heroes of the Achaeans; Vengeance of Achilles; Achaeans in Battle; The Fire that Consumes All Before It; Shades of Achilles, Patroclus, and Hector; House of Priam; Ilians in Battle; Shades of Eternal Night; Heroes of the Ilians (on view in Gallery 185).


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