Support: Blued white laid paper
Sheet: 41.9 x 29 cm (16 1/2 x 11 7/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Zinser 1965.458
Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 38 (XV.258)
The original composition for The Fall of Phaeton is a drawing by Michelangelo that was highly coveted during his lifetime.
Although Michelangelo did not make prints himself, printmakers widely copied his designs. The dramatic legend of Zeus striking Phaeton and his chariot out of the sky aptly demonstrates Michelangelo’s ability to portray extremely dynamic, twisting bodies, as seen in the figures of Zeus, the tumbling boy and horses, and the startled women bathing in the river below.
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