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Title

Sketch for 'The battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths'

1978

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    1978
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal on cream paper
    Dimensions
    30.5 x 47.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, charcoal "Gleeson/ 20.12.78".

    Credit
    Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1994
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    90.1994
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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  • About

    According to Greek mythology, the Lapiths and the Centaurs were neighbouring tribes in Thessaly in Greece. The Lapiths were as civilised as the Centaurs were wild and unrestrained. The King of the Lapiths, Pirithous, invited the Centaurs to his wedding, but a battle broke out when the Centaurs, inflamed by wine, attempted to abduct the women at the feast, including the bride Hippodamia. Many Centaurs were killed in the ensuing fight, and the rest were drived out of Thessaly. This battle was depicted frequently in ancient art, including the sculptures along the outer sides (metopes) of the Parthenon.

    Nineteen drawings from Pad 3 are devoted to this subject. Again, it is the power of the story and of the notion of a half man-half beast that most interested Gleeson.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 64.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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