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Lapith Combating a Centaur
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Lapith Combating a Centaur


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Description The hero Theseus has leapt on Bianor's back and seized him by the neck as he prepares to deliver a deadly blow. Barye has depicted an incident from The Metamorphoses, a history of the world by the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-AD 17). In ancient Greece, the Lapiths, a mythical people of Thessaly, invited to the centaurs to a wedding. The centaurs were mythical creatures, half man and half horse, who roamed Arcadia, a region of Greece, and were notoriously destructive. All the centaurs were killed following a fight that erupted when they tried to carry off the Lapith women.
Exhibitions
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • Salon, Paris, 1850. Musée du Louvre, Paris. 1850.
  • Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1889; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889

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Period
modeled 1846-1848
Medium
bronze with dark green over dark brown-black patina
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.36
Measurements
13 5/8 x 15 x 5 3/8 in. (34.6 x 38.1 x 13.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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