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Abram Belskie, Chiron and Aesculapius, American Mid-Century Sculpture, 1958

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Signed by the artist and dated 1958. Dimensions: Height: 13 inches Length: 11 inches Depth: 3 1/2 inches ASCLLEPIUS was the ancient Greek god of medicine, son of the god Apollo and Coronis, the daughter of Phlegyas, King of the Lapiths. He was married to Epione, the goddess of soothing; together, they had a number of children; their daughters were Panacea (goddess of medicines), Hygeia (goddess of health), Iaso (goddess of recuperation), Aceso (goddess of the healing process), Aglaea or Aegle (goddess of magnificence and splendor). They also had four sons; Machaon and Podalirius were legendary healers who fought in the Trojan War; Telesphorus who accompanied his sister, Hygeia, and symbolised recuperation; and Aratus. Asclepius was given to the CENTAUR CHIRON, who raised him and taught him medicine and the healing arts. At some point, Asclepius healed a snake, which in return taught him secret knowledge - snakes were considered divine beings that were wise and could heal. This is how the symbol of Asclepius and later healing was a rod wreathed with a snake. Asclepius was so good at healing that he had managed to cheat death and bring people back from the underworld. As a result, Zeus killed him to maintain the balance and placed him on the night sky under the constellation of the Ophiuchus (the snake holder). In Greek Mythology, CHIRON was held to be the superlative centaur amongst his brethren since he was called the "wisest and justest of all the centaurs". Chiron was notable throughout Greek mythology for his youth-nurturing nature. His personal skills tend to match those of his foster father Apollo, who taught the young centaur the art of medicine, herbs, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and prophecy, and made him rise above his beastly nature. Chiron was known for his knowledge and skill with medicine, and thus was credited with the discovery of botany and pharmacy, the science of herbs and medicine. ABRAM BELSKI (American, 1907 –1988) was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1926. In 1929 he emigrated to New York, USA, to work for British sculptor John Gregory. In 1938, Belskie was introduced to physician Robert Latou Dickinson and subsequently applied his skills to create medical models, some of which were exhibited at the World's Fair of 1939. After Dickinson's death in 1950 Belskie instead created medallions (occasionally medicine-related). Belskie died in 1988 and, in 1993, the Belskie Museum of Arts and Science was opened in Closter, New Jersey. It was founded by the Closter Lions Club to preserve, house and exhibit the works of Abram Belskie. It was entirely funded by membership fees, donations, grants and local subsidies. In addition to numerous private collections around the world, Belskie's work exhibited at: • The American Museum of Natural, New York • The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois • Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia • Brookgreen Gardens, Pawley Island, South Carolina • Cleveland Health Museum, Cleveland, OH • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey • Jewish Theological Society, New York • Park Avenue Synagogue, New York • New York Academy of Medicine, New York • The Belskie Museum, Closter, New Jersey

Details

  • Creator
    Abram Belskie (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13 in. (33.02 cm)Width: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Depth: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastResin,CastPlaster
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine the photos attentively, as they are an integral part of the item description.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU281938561963

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