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Marble relief of a horseman

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble, Parian ?
Dimensions:
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
This relief of a pacing horse with a nude rider is a tour de force of almost excessively sensitive surface texture and exaggerated anatomical detail. Decorative showiness takes precedence over organic unity, in a style often found in classicizing works of the first century B.C. The piece may copy one that was well-known in antiquity, for two others are preserved that show an almost identical horseman followed by another rider on a horse with the same pacing gait.
Robinson, Edward. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: I. Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(1): pp. 1, 6, fig. 1.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1908. "Notes: The 'Young Horseman' Relief." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(3): p. 61.

Howe, Winifred E. 1916. "An Athenian Horseman." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(10): pp. 222-224.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 233, fig. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 273-74, fig. 193, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 273-74, fig. 193, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 107, 110, fig. 131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 107, 110, fig. 131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 112, 462, fig. 353, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 120, 257, pl. 97, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 142, pp. 79-80, pl. 79, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: Dutton.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. no. 3, p. 3, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hemingway, Seán A. 2006. "Horse and Man in Greek Art." Sculpture Review, 55(2): p. 12.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 252, pp. 216, 454, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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