Atlas Ascendant

Throughout the annals of art history, many esteemed artists have found inspiration in the mythological Titan, Atlas, incorporating his powerful imagery into their works. From ancient sculptures to modern interpretations, Atlas has been a recurring motif, symbolizing themes of strength, endurance, and the human condition.


In classical antiquity, the renowned Greek sculptor Praxiteles depicted Atlas carrying the celestial sphere in his famous masterpiece “The Farnese Atlas,” showcasing the Titan’s enduring struggle against the weight of the heavens.


During the Renaissance, the Italian master Michelangelo Buonarroti captured the essence of Atlas in his iconic sculpture “Atlas Slave.” The sculpture vividly portrays the muscular figure of Atlas straining under the weight of a celestial globe, his expression conveying his immense burden, evoking a profound sense of empathy in the viewer.


In the modern era, artists like Auguste Rodin have explored the theme of Atlas in their sculptures and infused the classical motif with a contemporary sensibility. Rodin’s “The Age of Bronze” and “The Thinker” echo Atlas’s timeless struggle, reflecting this mythological figure’s enduring relevance in the human psyche, thereby making the audience feel the enduring power of this mythological figure.


Teresa Wells’s bronze sculpture, showcased at ICAS Vilas Art Gallery, is a testament to this rich tradition of artistic exploration. With her unique interpretation of Atlas, Teresa breathes new life into the ancient myth, inviting viewers to contemplate the timeless themes embodied by this legendary figure.