Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Abduction of Hippodamia

late 16th century
French, Fontainebleau or Avon
Lead-glazed earthenware
14 5/16 x 10 13/16 x 2 5/8 in. (36.4 x 27.5 x 6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
In Greek mythology, the Lapiths invited the centaurs to their king’s wedding. The centaurs drank profusely and attempted to abduct the bride, shown here struggling in her tormentors’ arms as the hero Theseus draws his sword. The battle with the centaurs was often represented during the Renaissance as an allegory of civilization’s triumph over barbarism. The composition was based on a 1542 engraving by the Italian printmaker Enea Vico (1523–1567).
Inscription: Stickers: [1] 16; [2] 6765 [Berwind list number]
Julia A. Berwind (until 1953; to MMA)
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