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The Mares of Diomedes

Artist:
John G. de la Mothe Borglum (1867–1941)
Date:
1902–4, cast 1905
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
64 1/2 x 103 1/2 x 51 in. (163.8 x 262.9 x 129.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of James A. Stillman, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1318
Not on view
According to Borglum, his primary motive for executing the group of seven stampeding horses was to convey "intense controlled action” and his allusion to Greek mythology was merely an afterthought. The sculpture was the first major work produced in the New York studio that Borglum established in 1901. The Metropolitan’s bronze cast is unique; reduced versions, twenty-one inches high, were produced beginning in 1904.
Signature: [back of base]: Gutzon. Borglum./ 1904

Inscription: [back of base]: COPYRIGHT 1905

Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: GORHAM MFG. CO. FOUNDERS.
the artist, 1905–6; purchased by James Stillman for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906
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