Thomas Banks, R.A. 1735 - 1805
The Falling Titan
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The Falling Titan, 1786
Marble, 845 X 902 X 584 X 265 kg
Diploma Work given by Thomas Banks, R.A., accepted 1786
03/1673
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Thomas Banks presented this sculpture to the Royal Academy as his Diploma work in 1786. It depicts the failed attempt of an earthbound giant to reach Olympus and overthrow Jupiter by piling up great boulders. Dramatic foreshortening heightens the dynamism of the tumbling titan, as does the contrast in scale between his mighty figure with the satyr and goats. Banks claimed that this sophisticated sculpture was the direct result of pure artistic inspiration, however it is likely to have been based on sketches made with Henry Fuseli in Rome some years previously.


The Falling Titan
Photo: R.A.
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The Falling Titan, 1786
Marble, 845 X 902 X 584 X 265 kg
Diploma Work given by Thomas Banks, R.A., accepted 1786
03/1673
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