To create the works in his Protractor series, Frank Stella used the familiar draftsman’s tool to draw tightly interlocking color arcs on paper. When he transferred the drawings to his shaped, monumental canvases, he rejected the notion that paintings should be a rectangular window onto the world by creating uniform geometric patterns instead. Though the colorful bands lie flat on the surface of the canvas, they also create a lively optical dance due to their contrasting hues and bowed shapes. The names of the paintings in this series, including Manteneia II, are based on ancient, circular-planed towns in Asia Minor and on the Persian architecture seen by the artist when travelling in Iran.



  • Title: Manteneia II
  • Creator: Frank Stella
  • Creator Lifespan: b.1936
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Malden, MA
  • Date: 1968/1968
  • Location Created: New York City, NY, United States
  • Provenance: Believed from the artist to Irving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles, 1968-69. Purchased from M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 1973-74. Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va., 1977.
  • Physical Dimensions: 60 x 240 in. (152.4 x 609.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © 2004 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Medium: Acrylic on cavnas

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