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Danae in Arizona, Variation II

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Danae in Arizona, Variation II

Artist: Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, born 1936)

Date: 2001
Medium: Oil and gold leaf on wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 35 13/16 × 71 3/4in. (91 × 182.2cm)
Inscribed: verso (black marker), upper left: Giusto Mannetti Gold 23K/ "Danae in Arizona II" version 2/ c Kay Walkingstick '01/ Right side #390; bottom left [upside down]: "MONARCH"/ PATENT 23KT GOLD upper right: "Danae in Arizona II" (version 2) (A-01)/ 2001 #390/ c Kay Walkingstick '01/ Left side
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2002.20.a-b
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Artist's statement:
One of the major themes of my painting in the last ten years has been to unite the seemingly disparate mythic traditions of Native Americans with Western culture. The Greek myth of Danaë, who was impregnated by a shower of gold, has been painted by many European artists like Rembrandt and Klimt. In my painting she sits calmly meditating next to our sacred American mountains impassively awaiting the will of the gods. Our lives and our stories are not so different whatever our particular place on earth as we attempt to comprehend the unknowable.
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© Kay WalkingStick