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Combat of the Lapiths and Centaurs

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Enea Vico
Italian, 1523-1567

About this artwork

Theseus was a great Athenian mythological hero. In one chivalric tale about his life, he was a guest at the wedding of Pirithous, king of the Lapiths. The centaurs, relatives of the bride, also came to the feast; they became intoxicated and seized the women in attendance. Here Theseus draws his sword in an attempt to rescue the captive bride and drive the centaurs away, a feat he ultimately accomplished.


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Enea Vico


Combat of the Lapiths and Centaurs


Italy (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1542


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


29.2 × 41.6 cm (11 1/2 × 16 7/16 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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