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Image of Theseus Slaying the Minotaur

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Theseus Slaying the Minotaur

Antoine-Louis Barye, French, (September 24, 1796–June 25, 1875)

Creation date: 1843
Creation place: Europe

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Pliny F. Munger
Accession Number: 1962.225
Dimensions: 18 in. x 12 in. x 7 1/2 in. (45.72 cm x 30.48 cm x 19.05 cm)


Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California ( - December 6, 1960)

Pliny Fisk Munger, San Diego, California (Dedcember 6, 1960 - 1962)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1962 - )

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Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1977.
Truly excellent in his depiction of nature and animals, Barye was among the most forceful sculptors of the French Romantic era. Great works showed animals and beasts of prey locked in mortal combat. his concern with minute details reflects his skill at the jeweler's craft. His human figures lack the force and motion of his animals and gods. Life, power and tension are seen in this small work depicting the mortal battle of the Greek god Theseus and the monstrous Minotaur.
Last Updated: 10/12/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Choices from the Grant-Munger Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 4/13/1961 - 5/28/1961

Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego , 1/1/1977 - 4/1/1977

Antoine Louis Barye , 2/26/1980 - 10/7/1980

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 4, Figure Number: 7

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 99, no. 7

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