Bronze with brown patina.
The Centaurs by Ferdinando de Luca are bronze reproductions of the black marble sculptures discovered in 1736 by Monsignor Furietti in the Villa Adriana in Tivoli (villa built in the 2nd century by the emperor Hadrian). The cardinal, who was passionate about archaeology, kept the two sculptures until he died in 1764. His heirs then sold them and they joined the Capitoline Museums in Rome under the name of Furietti's Centaur in homage to their discoverer.
Also known as the Old Centaur and the Young Centaur, these sculptures, which date from the Hellenistic or Roman period, evoke the torments of age and the joy of youth. Their contrasting moods are intended to recall the vision of the soul troubled in pain or uplifted in joy, themes of Plato's Phaedrus and Hellenistic poetry.
A true emblem of Antiquity, these sculptures became "iconic" through the numerous bronze reproductions made from the 18th century onwards and especially in the 19th century for travellers on the Grand Tour. The Furietti Centaurs can be found in many gardens and palaces; a white marble replica is situated in the gardens of the Grand Trianon in Versailles, and a pair in bronze at the entrance to the Château de Malmaison.
Ferdinando de Luca, a twentieth-century Italian sculptor with a passion for Greek and Roman antiquity, offers us here Centaurs of a size rarely equalled and which are the most spectacular works in his corpus. The sculptor’s signature can be seen on the plinth.
Young Centaur: H. 157 cm, L. 108 cm, D. 40 cm
Old Centaur: H. 136 cm, L. 100 cm, D. 40 cm
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