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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    A BRONZE GROUP OF NESSUS AND DEIANIRA

    AFTER THE MODEL BY GIAMBOLOGNA, FRENCH, 18TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE GROUP OF NESSUS AND DEIANIRA
    AFTER THE MODEL BY GIAMBOLOGNA, FRENCH, 18TH CENTURY
    On a white marble and porphyry base
    16 ¼ in. (41.5 cm.) high, 22 ½ in. (57.2 cm.) high overall


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    After the iconic late 16th/ early 17th century model by Medici court sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608), this group depicts Deianira, wife of Hercules, struggling to escape the grip of the centaur Nessus, who attempted to abduct her. She was saved by Hercules who killed the centaur by shooting him with a bow and arrow—an action would ultimately lead to both Hercules' and Deianira's deaths.

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