For this small bronze Manship relied on the exploits of a youthful hero from Greek mythology, Bellerophon, and the immortal flying horse, Pegasus. With the aid of a golden bridle provided by Athena, Bellerophon was able to master the spirited steed, which had sprung from Medusa's severed head and was the bearer of Zeus's lightning bolts. In Manship's sculpture a sturdy nude male strains to steady the winged horse with muscular flanks.
Thelma Williams Gill, New York (until 1988; her gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Paul Manship," June 11–September 1, 1991, not in catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Subjects and Symbols in American Sculpture: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 11–August 20, 2000, no catalogue.
Edwin Murtha. Paul Manship. New York, 1957, p. 172, no. 268, pl. 70.
Carol Hynning Smith. Drawings by Paul Manship: The Minnesota Museum of Art Collection. Saint Paul, 1987, pp. 81, 87, calls it "Pegasus and Bellerophon".
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, p. 767, no. 386, ill. (color).