Gallery of Art

The Dancing Maenad

The Dancing Maenad - Rhonye McIlroy - Windsor Gallery Christchurch


500W x 600H

The Dancing Maenad
SKOPAS (395-350 BC) was a Greek architect and sculptor of the late classical period.
The term ‘maenads’ refers to women in mythology who resisted the worship of Dionysus and were driven mad by him, forced against their will to participate in often horrific rites. These women were mythologized as the ‘madwomen’ dancing in a state of ecstatic frenzy through a combination of dancing and intoxication.