Monday, October 23, 2017

Modern Renderings of Centaurs

Edward Poynter
Centaur and Dragon
before 1919
watercolor, bodycolor
British Museum

William Harcourt Hooper
Trade-card proof - Muse receiving letter from Centaur and letter from Triton
ca. 1880-1910
British Museum

John Flaxman
Battle of Centaur and nude man
before 1826
British Museum

John Sell Cotman
The Centaur
wash-drawing inspired by the arrival of the Elgin Marbles in London
British Museum

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

My spirit is too weak  mortality
    Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
    And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick eagle looking at the sky.
    Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep
    That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning's eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
    Bring round the heart an undescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
    That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old time  with a billowy main 
    A sun  a shadow of a magnitude.

 by John Keats, "composed on 1 or 2 March 1817 after visiting the British Museum with Benjamin Robert Haydon to see the Parthenon frieze which Lord Elgin had recently acquired for the nation.  According to Joseph Severn, Keats went 'again and again to see the Elgin Marbles, and would sit for an hour or more at a time beside them rapt in revery'."

Richard Earlom after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
Battle of Theseus and Centaur
etching, aquatint
British Museum

Caroline Metz
Centaur and woman confronted by monster
ca. 1773-94
British Museum

follower of Agostino Carracci
Centaur abducting woman, pursued by a man
before 1657
British Museum

Pasquale Ottino
Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs
before 1630
wash drawing
British Museum

Pieter de Bailliu after Peter Paul Rubens
Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs with abduction of Hippodamia
ca. 1620-50
British Museum

Charles David after Cornelis Cort after Frans Floris
Hercules preventing Centaurs from abducting Hippodamia
British Museum

Antonio Tempesta
Hercules battling Centaurs
British Museum

Étienne Delaune
Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs with abduction of Hippodamia
ca. 1550-72
British Museum

Battista Franco
Abduction of Dejanira by Centaur Nessus, resisted by Hercules
ca. 1530-61
etching, engraving
British Museum

attributed to Allaert Claesz
Ornament design with Centaurs bearing off women
ca. 1520-60
British Museum

attributed to Pietro Bergantini workshop after Luca Signorelli
Dish of tin-glazed earthenware - Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs
British Museum