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ID number:  BIRBI-60.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Géricault, Jean Louis André Théodore (1791-1824)
Title / Object name:  Anatomical model of a horse
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  original wax model about 1817-23; this bronze cast 1959
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  22.8 x 21.7 x 11 cm including base
Provenance:  Purchased from Reid & Lefevre Ltd., June 1960, for £1125
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Greatly attracted to equine subjects, Géricault may have made the original wax model of a partly flayed horse to help accurately represent its anatomy in his paintings and graphic work. Its pose was inspired by that of the horse of the famous life-size antique bronze of Marcus Aurelius (Rome). This is one of 20 casts taken in 1959 from Géricault’s original wax; a single earlier cast was made in 1832 (both now in Washington, DC). A plaster version in the Louvre was copied by Van Gogh and Redon.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Foundry mark on base: CIRE/ C. VALSUANI/PERDUE

Notes:  Cast: Valsuani foundry, Paris, 1959

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