Fate Atropos, Asmus Jakob Carstens
Asmus Jakob Carstens
Fate Atropos
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Asmus Jakob Carstens

Fate Atropos, ca. 1795


Dimensions
47.2 x 18.0 x 22.0 cm
Physical Description
Plaster
Inventory Number
St.P127
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843
Status
Not exhibited

Texts

About the Work

We seldom see one of the Fates singing. Atropos, the goddess of destiny, is usually portrayed as a spinner who cuts the thread of life. Referencing Plato's 'The Republic', Carstens shows her as the singer of the future: sitting on a rock with her legs crossed, her upper body leaning energetically forward. The torso-like form makes the tension in this figure from antiquity particularly tangible. She was created in connection with a large-format pictorial composition of the Three Fates. It is the only surviving sculpture by Carstens, who is primarily known as a painter.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Fate Atropos
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Plaster
Material
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet: ASMUS CARSTE/ ROM

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Platon: Politeia, 614c–617d

Iconclass

Primary
  • 92G13 Atropos, usually with shears
  • 31AA(+53) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure (+ sitting)
  • 31AA2226 torso - AA - female human figure
Secondary

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05.11.2019