Bellerophon, Slaying the Chimera, c.1641, Etching, Theodor van Thulden, Flemish, 1606-1669. After Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640.
Oil on canvas, 1985.
Both operas were created by Jiang Qing, aka Madame Mao.
“The artist attempts to be removed, and yet she is laid bare. Her work embodies heart-
ache, prayer, the physics of the sun, the womb. Solitude. Unflinchingly and beautifully
cruel. Unveiling the monument’s soul, so heightened in isolation, so exposed as art.”
Patti Smith, from Lynn Davis, Monument, (1999)