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Oedipus at Colonnus

 Anon.
Finished in 1968

by: Leonard Baskin
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 6 feet high

Location

Joslyn
Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.
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Description

wrapped nude male figure

Additional Information

Leonard Baskin considered his sculptures ”memorials to ordinary human beings, gigantic monuments to the unnoticed dead: the exhausted factory worker, the forgotten tailor, the unsung poet . . . . Sculpture at its greatest and most monumental is about simple, abstract, emotional states, like fear, pride, love and envy .” Oedipus at Colonus (spelled differently in the title of the sculpture) is one of the three Theban plays of the Athenian tragedian Sophocles. The play describes the end of the blinded Oedipus’ tragic life, said to have occurred at Colonus, a village near Athens and Sophocles’ own birthplace. Gift of Lawrence Fleischman, 1980