Column to Drum by Ian Hamilton Finlay

This work depicts the gradual change of a classical pillar of antiquity into the marching drum of the Revolution.

Details

Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
40.3 x 39 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £54,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Ingleby Gallery

Finlay's work often refers to the French Revolution and this piece was inspired by a quote from Saint Just, 'The world has been empty since the Romans'. The suggestion is that everything started to go wrong in Roman times and that the clear thinking Revolutionary must look further back to find his way forward.

Provenance

The artist.

Venue details

King's Museum University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen Town House, High Street, ABERDEEN Aberdeenshire AB24 3EE 01224 274330 www.abdn.ac.uk/museums/

Entry details

Free to all

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