(Washington, D. C., born 1943)
Iphigenia, edition 16/20, signed "Kaskey", patinated bronze rotating on a black marble pedestal base, 18 x 16 x 5-1/2 in.
Provenance: The Studio Collection of Ray Kaskey, Brentwood, Maryland
Note: Raymond Kaskey is an American architect and sculptor most well-known for his works of monumental and memorial sculpture. He studied architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University, and in 1983 established Kaskey Studio. Throughout his career as an artist, Kaskey has received numerous commissions to create public art for civic buildings and memorials across the country, including the architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Portlandia for the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon.
While the Greek army was preparing to set sail for Troy during the Trojan War, Agamemnon caused the anger of the goddess Artemis by killing a sacred deer. In retaliation, she stopped all winds leaving the ships stalled. Agamemnon was convinced he had to appease the goddess and sacrificed Iphigenia to her. Kaskey renders her here in full movement, her sacrifice having freed the ships to sail, in essence becoming the wind herself visually.
good condition, verdigris to dark brown patina
The Studio Collection of Ray Kaskey, Brentwood, Maryland