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.
- 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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