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Man Carrying a Child on His Shoulder

Artist:
Barthélemy Prieur (French, Berzieux ca. 1536–1611 Paris)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
French, probably Paris
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (Wt. confirmed): 9 1/2 in., 3lb. (24.1 cm, 1.3608kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Ogden Mills, 1924
Accession Number:
24.212.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 532
The subject is plausibly explained as Orion, the blind titan of myth, whose gaze is directed by the boy Cedalion to the rising sun, which will restore his sight (as in the painting by Nicolas Poussin in our European Paintings galleries). This group is solid cast; the finest example is in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Ogden Mills (until 1924; to MMA)
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