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Chimera

© Estate of Mirko

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© Estate of Mirko

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Mirko

Italian, 1910-1969

Chimera, ca. 1953-1960

bronze

overall: 36 1/2 x 28 x 11 inches (92.71 x 71.12 x 27.94 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bunshaft in memory of Mr. and Mrs. David Bunshaft, 1958

1958:4

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signature / no signature

Class

Sculpture (visual work)

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During the 1950s, Mirko created numerous poetic interpretations of ancient sculptural forms in copper, brass, and bronze. The chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature from Greek mythology and believed to be an omen for disaster. It is often described as having the features of several different animals—for instance, a lion’s head, a goat’s torso, and a snake’s tail—and the term can also refer to anything made up of disparate parts to create something dazzling or implausible. Many sculptural examples of such beasts exist in ancient art history. Yet in his work, Mirko does not strictly adhere to the formal qualities of these preexisting examples. His chimera creatures are as humorous and delightful as they are perplexing and, at times, terrifying.

Label from Menagerie: Animals on View, March 11–June 4, 2017

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