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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE PRIVATE COLLECTION

After Giambologna (Douai 1529 - 1608 Florence)
Italian, circa 1700
NESSUS AND DEIANEIRA
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
231

PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE PRIVATE COLLECTION

After Giambologna (Douai 1529 - 1608 Florence)
Italian, circa 1700
NESSUS AND DEIANEIRA
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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After Giambologna (Douai 1529 - 1608 Florence)
Italian, circa 1700
NESSUS AND DEIANEIRA

Provenance

Purchased in London in the 1950s and 1960s;
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Modelled in 1575-1576, Giambologna’s Nessus and Deianeira proved to be one of his most popular compositions.

Deianeira, Hercules’ wife, was seized by the Centaur Nessus while crossing a river and rescued by her hero-husband, who slew the Centaur. Greek myth tells of the poignant consequences of the event, in which Deianeira used Nessus’ blood as a love potion on her unfaithful husband, unaware that the poison within would destroy his mortal form. Giambologna created at least three signed bronze versions of the model, indicating the high esteem in which it was held by both the artist and his patrons.

RELATED LITERATURE
C. Avery, Giambologna. The Complete Sculpture, Oxford, 1987, pp. 144-145

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