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Nessus Carrying off Deianeira Hans Makart


Hans Makart Salzburg 1840 – 1884 Vienna

Date ca. 1880
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on wood

142.5 x 93 cm

Inventory number 100.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

For this picture Makart, a painter celebrated throughout Vienna, took over one of the right-hand detail motifs from his monumental Bacchus and Ariadne (Österreichische Galerie, Vienna), painted in 1873-74. The compositional idea of the centaur carrying the young woman on his shoulder is repeated almost without modification, but is placed into a different iconographical context. Nessus preparing to carry off Deianeira, the wife of Hercules, is a prominently emphatic motif in a composition rendered with Baroque structure and dynamism, while Hercules coming to the woman’s defence appears as a statue-like figure in the background.

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