Athena - Pl. I from the "L'Odyssee" portfolio by Andre Masson

Athena - Pl. I from the LOdyssee portfolio by Andre Masson

Athena - Pl. I from the "L'Odyssee" portfolio

Andre Masson

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Title

Athena - Pl. I from the "L'Odyssee" portfolio

 
Artist

Andre Masson

  1896 - 1987 (biography)
Year
1977 /78 
Technique
etching and color aquatint 
Image Size
19 7/16 x 13 11/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
39 of 120  
Annotations
pencil editioned, lower left 
Reference
Cramer 111 
Paper
ivory Rives velin wove 
State
published 
Publisher
UNESCO World Heritage for the project to save the Acropolis 
Inventory ID
JPR110 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description
In mythology, Athena, the patroness of the city of Athens, is the goddess associated with wisdom and war. She was also masterful in weaving and stitchery, and inventive and some associate Athena with the invention of the war chariot and the warship. With her art of wisdom, Athena guided Odysseus during his decade long journey back to Ithaca after the Trojan War but she also bestowed wise counsel to Heracles, Jason and Perseus. Athena is often depicted as the goddess of war and that is how Masson presents her. She is dressed in a citron which is fastened at her shoulder, wears a Corinthian helmet, and holds a long spear in one hand and a shield in the other. The gestural lines in the upper left could represent a flying owl which is often depicted with Athena. 
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