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Rape of Deianira

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Bronze, on molded wood base, painted black. Centaur rearing; solder (?) spots on rump and belly.


By 1912, Willibald (Willy) von Dirksen (b. 1852 - d. 1928), Berlin [see note 1]; April 28-29, 1931, Dirksen sale, Lepke, Berlin, lot 454, sold for M 3000. By 1946, Eugene L. Garbáty (b. 1880 - d. 1966), New York and East Norwalk, CT [see note 2]; 1952, sold by Garbáty to the MFA for $4000. (Accession Date: March 13, 1952) NOTES: [1] See Wilhelm von Bode, Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, ed. and revised by James David Draper (New York, 1980), 104, CLXXXVIII, 1. [2] Eugene Garbáty emigrated from Berlin to New York between 1938 and 1939, and brought much of his art collection with him. It is probable, though not securely documented, that he had acquired this already by 1938.

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John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Italian, Renaissance, 16th century

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39.37 x 16.83 x 33.34 cm (15 1/2 x 6 5/8 x 13 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze