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
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 2

Texts

About the Work

In ancient mythology, the fate of mortals is decided by the three Parcae, the Fates. Atropos was one of them and responsible for severing the thread of life. Carstens, however, follows the philosopher Plato’s interpretation and shows her as a seer who can foretell the future and possible calamities: with a serious face and her mouth wide open, as if crying out to the viewer. Carstens dispensed with the execution of arms, thus creating a figure resembling an antique sculpture without limbs (torso). This sculpture was very popular in the 19th century and is the only surviving sculptural work by the artist, who was primarily known for his painting and draughtsmanship.

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
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
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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Last update

01.02.2023