Man Carrying a Child on His Shoulder

Barthélemy Prieur French

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.

Man Carrying a Child on His Shoulder, Barthélemy Prieur (French, Berzieux ca. 1536–1611 Paris), Bronze, French, probably Paris

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