J.D. Olt Signed Bronze Nude Figure on Bull From Greek Mythology
American, ca 1930s. Bronze on marble base, signed J.D. Olt near base; ht. 8.5, lg. 16.5 in.
AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: We believe this to have been sculpted by the Dayton, Ohio artist John D. Olt (b. 1927). The tableau, showing a bull surrounded by waves with a nude woman on its back, is a familiar one from Greek mythology. When King Minos ascended the throne he asked that Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, to present him with a white bull which he would sacrifice. Minos was so enamoured with the beautiful creature that he sacrificed another bull thinking that Poseidon would not care. Instead, Poseidon placed a spell on Minos' wife, Pasiphae, causing her to fall deeply in love with the bull. Their offspring became the legendary Minotaur, half bull, half human. Given Olt's birth, this might have been sculpted in the 1960s.