A FINE 19TH CENTURY BRONZE GROUP OF NESSUS ABDUCTING DEIANIRA - REF No.1052
H: 26 in / 66 cm ; Marble base: W: 18 in / 46 cm ; D: 13 1/4 in / 33.5 cm
French Grand Tour bronze group of Nessus abducting Deianira after Giambologna on marble base.
The first documented example of this famous bronze group was made by Giovanni Bologna between 1575 and 1577 for the Salviati family of Florence.
According to legend, the centaur Nessus tried to abduct Hercules' wife, Deianira, after offering her a ride across a turbulent river. For his treachery, Hercules killed Nessus with an arrow. The explosive outward movement of the sculpted figures is tightly contained by equally dynamic forces twisting in midair as the two struggle against each other: the terrified Deianira straining back toward her husband while the centaur leaps forward.