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Riderless Racers at Rome
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Riderless Racers at Rome

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Description From the mid-15th century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race. Fifteen to 20 riderless horses, originally imported from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, ran the length of the Via del Corso, a long, straight city street, in about 2½ minutes. Throughout his career, Géricault lovingly depicted the horse as a metaphor for unfettered emotion and power. The artist initially planned to paint a canvas of this subject more than 30 feet in width; he completed 20 small oil studies before abandoning the project. In other variations on this theme, Géricault set the race in ancient, rather than contemporary, Rome.
Date Description Narrative
8/22/1951Treatmentcoated; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
1/08/1958Treatmentlined; other
1/08/1958Treatmentcoated; lined; other
5/28/1965Treatmentmounted; tears repaired
1/01/1988Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/24/1992Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/19/1999Examinationexamined for loan
8/04/2000Examinationexamined for loan
  • Millet and Barbizon Art. Matsumoto City Museum, Matsumoto City; Tokuyama City Museum of Art and History, Tokuyama; Kasama Nichido Museum, Kasama City; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa. 1996.
  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • Inaugural Exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center. Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. 1954.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Géricault. Musée du Louvre, Paris. 1991-1992.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. 2000-2002.
  • Public Property. 2012.
Provenance Géricault Estate Sale, Paris, November 2-3, 1824, no. 81; Sale, A. M. Couvreur, Paris; Sale, E. Secrétan, Paris, July 1, 1889, no. 35; H. O. Havemeyer, 1889 [mode of acquisition unknown]; H. S. Henry, New York, 1899, by purchase [Durand- Ruel, as agent]; H. S. Henry Sale, New York, January 25, 1907, no. 21; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1907, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1907

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oil on paper, mounted on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 17 11/16 x W: 23 7/16 in. (44.9 x 59.5 cm); Framed H: 32 1/2 x W: 38 1/2 x D: 5 in. (82.6 x 97.8 x 12.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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