Cy Twombly’s first visit to Italy as a young man ignited a lifelong passion for the ancient world that is everywhere present in his art. Painted canvases, works on paper, and small-scale sculptures reveal the historical soul of Twombly’s abstract compositions. Taking on classical myths and heroes as personal guides, he created a psychologically complex dialogue with the visual and literary arts of antiquity.
This sumptuously illustrated book reproduces a carefully chosen selection of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures alongside works of classical antiquity, including a number from his personal collection. Illuminating essays by leading scholars explore the profound and often enigmatic engagement of Twombly’s art with the world of the past.