Family Ark (monochrome) - John Biggers (NEW)
Family Ark (Monochrome)
About the Work

Family Ark is a grand story divided into three sections—a triptych—that Biggers designed to be shown all together, with the center panel (not shown here) on its own, or with the side panels paired together (see "From the Artist," below, for Biggers' discussion of the side panels as a diptych). Elements of symmetry, geometry, and pattern appear everywhere. Symmetrical in design, the scene is composed like a balanced scale with a kneeling boy at the fulcrum. Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and protection (distinguished by her horned headdress), is also positioned in the center, above the boy. She alone faces forward as she extends her embrace to all. At the core, John Biggers' message is both personal and epic: the family unit, the foundation of human society, bonded together in spirituality and love, remains strong and will prevail.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

From the Artist:

The side panels fit together to form a diptych (two panels). The leopard in the right panel stands with a ceremonial seat fit for royalty on its back. An elephant stands in the left panel. In African mythology, animals are often given exaggerated human traits, some good and some not. One of the animals here is associated with courage and ferocity while the other one possesses dignity, wisdom, and patience.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records


About the Artist

Born in Gastonia, NC, printmaker and muralist John Biggers earned a BFA, MFA, and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

In 1949, Biggers founded what is now the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas South...

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Family Ark (Monochrome)

John Biggers

African American

Offset Lithograph




29.5" x 49.5"

Edition Size

100 prints in this edition


Robert "Bob" Franklin


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA