Copy after Giulio Romano's Fall of Icarus

Giulio Romanoafter 1536

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Having flown too close to the sun, Icarus plummets from the sky as the wax securing his makeshift wings melts, and the straps unravel. His father Daedelus, who invented the wings, watches in horror as his son begins a deadly fall. Punished for failing to heed his father’s warning and attempting to enter the realm of the gods, Icarus was a moral reminder to Renaissance viewers of human fallibility and the risks of excessive pride.

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  • Title: Copy after Giulio Romano's Fall of Icarus
  • Creator: Giulio Romano (Italian, 1492/99-1546)
  • Date Created: after 1536
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 39.8 x 29.3 cm (15 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.); Secondary Support: 41.9 x 31.6 cm (16 1/2 x 12 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Joseph van Haecken (Lugt 2516, stamped, lower right, in black ink), Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364, stamped, lower right, in black ink)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1992.90
  • Medium: pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash over red chalk, heightened with lead white
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italy, 16th century
  • Credit Line: Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Robert A. Frary in memory of I. T. Frary
  • Collection: DR - Italian
  • Accession Number: 1992.90

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