Thor Battering the Midgard Serpent

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Thor Battering the Midgard Serpent
Johann Heinrich Füssli 011.jpg
Artist Henry Fuseli
Year 1790
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 133 cm × 95.6 cm (52 in × 37.6 in)
Location Royal Academy of Arts Collections, London

Thor Battering the Midgard Serpent is a 1790 painting by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. It depicts one of the most popular myths in Germanic mythology, Thor's fishing trip, which was known to Fuseli through P. H. Mallet's 1755 book Introduction à l'histoire du Dannemarc, translated to English by Thomas Percy in 1770 as Northern Antiquities.[1] The nude and muscular Thor stands in Hymir's boat with the Jörmungandr on his fish hook.

The painting was Fuseli's diploma work for his election to the British Royal Academy of Arts in 1790. The subject has been interpreted in relation to Fuseli's support for the French Revolution, where the serpent could represent the Ancien Régime.[2]

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  1. ^ "Thor Battering the Midgard Serpent". VADS. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  2. ^ "Thor battering the Midgard Serpent, 1790". Royal Academy of Arts. Retrieved 2016-10-22.