Altar Piece

  • "Prophet" Royal Robertson, Altar Piece, ca. 1970s-1980s, paper, wood, paint, metal, glitter, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.80

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After his wife left him, Royal Robertson created countless drawings of women as prostitutes and temptresses. His fantasy world also included spaceships, futuristic cities, and superheroes. In this piece he painted an intimidating, Amazon-like figure with revealing clothes and exaggerated proportions. By placing this alluring image on an altarpiece, Robertson expressed his belief that men are too easily bewitched by women.

Title
Altar Piece
Artists
Date
ca. 1970s-1980s
On View
Dimensions
49 x 22 x 12 in. (124.5 x 55.9 x 30.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Monument – religious – altar
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1997.124.80
Palette
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