Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor

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Title

Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor

Subject

Theseus, Bianor

Description

Bayre's thorough grounding in classical prototypes is evident in this highly charged representation of an incident from the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs described in Book XII of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Bayre surely knew the series of metopes from the Parthenon depicting the Greek legend, but the death blow delivered by the Greek hero is recognizable as a borrowing from the marble Hercules and a Centaur by the Mannerist sculptor Giambologna in Florence.

Creator

Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)

Date

1867-01-01/1867-12-31

Date Available

modeled 1849, cast ca. 1867

Provenance

Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1885
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Antoine-Louis Barye ; sold to Boer's ; [ Boer’s Bazaar Royal, The Hague , until 1885; sold to Avery] ; Samuel P. Avery ; presented to MMA

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture
bronze

Physical Dimensions

Overall (confirmed): 49 3/4 x 45 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (126.4 x 114.9 x 52.7 cm)

Files

Citation

Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), “Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed December 17, 2017, http://mappingmythology.com/items/show/88.