Marble relief of a horseman


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.

Marble relief of a horseman, Marble, Parian ?, Greek

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