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Staggering Horse (Quirinal Dioscuri)
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Ref : 111060
35 000 €
Period :
18th century
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Dimensions :
l. 17.32 inch X H. 18.9 inch X P. 5.12 inch
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Staggering Horse (Quirinal Dioscuri)

Italy - rome, 18th Century (neoclassical)
After the Antique
Art Loss Register Certificate: S00241038

H 48 x W 44 x D 13 cm
H 18 7/8 x W 17 1/3 x D 5 1/8 inch

The "Staggering Horse (Quirinal Dioscuri)" stands as a magnificent example of Neoclassical sculpture from 18th-century Italy, specifically Rome. This exquisite marble piece, sculpted in the spirit of classical ideals and inspired by ancient art, holds a rich historical significance and artistic merit.

The 18th century witnessed a revival of interest in the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. This movement sought to emulate the classical ideals of harmony, balance, and restraint. Artists and sculptors drew inspiration from the masterpieces of antiquity, creating works that reflected the grandeur and beauty of classical art.

The "Staggering Horse (Quirinal Dioscuri)" depicts one of the horses of the Dioscuri, the divine twins of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Castor and Pollux, known as the Dioscuri in Greek mythology and as the Castores in Roman mythology, were the twin sons of Zeus (Jupiter) and Leda. Renowned for their bravery and skill in battle, they were often depicted as horsemen, symbolizing their prowess as equestrians.

In this sculpture, the horse is captured in a moment of dynamic movement, its legs extended and mane flowing, conveying a sense of energy and vitality. The Dioscuri is often associated with horses, and this depiction emphasizes their connection to these majestic animals. The horse's stance suggests a powerful stride, as if in the midst of a spirited gallop, showcasing the skill of the sculptor in capturing the essence of movement in stone.

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