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Hippocamp (Sea Horse)
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Hippocamp (Sea Horse)

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Description In antiquity, hippocamps, or sea horses, mythical creatures that were half horse and half fish, were represented drawing the chariot of Neptune, Roman god of the sea. Renaissance artists in the territory of Venice, which trumpeted itself as ruler of the seas, delighted in representing the sea god and his steeds. The wider fascination for monstrous beasts of bronze, in imitation of Roman tastes, among northern Italian humanists and sculptors also prompted an interest in the creature. In old photographs such as this one, a rider (54.465A), facing backward in a very precarious position is included. Technical and stylistic analyses show that the figure was not part of the original conception and has been removed.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1510-1540 (Renaissance)
bronze, marble base
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H: 7 7/8 × W: 11 1/4 in. (20 × 28.58 cm)


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