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The Centaur sculpture is a copy of one of two marble sculptures found in Rome in 1736, during excavation works in Hadrian's Villa, but substantially reduced in size. At present, the Furietti Centaurs, named after their discoverer, Giuseppe Alessandro Furietti, can be found in the Capitoline Museums in Rome.

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The sculpture depicts a centaur: half-man, half-horse, with tied hands, and with his head and torso turned far to the right and leaning backward. The right front leg of the horse is raised, and its tail falls on the right side.
The sculpture is a copy, only substantially reduced in size (the original is 134 cm high) of one of two marble sculptures found in Rome, in 1736, during excavation works in Hadrian's Villa. At present, the Furietti Centaurs, named after their discoverer, Giuseppe Alessandro Furietti, can be found in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. The Capitoline sculptures, probably created at the request of Hadrian, the Roman Emperor, around the years 117–138, constitute copies of Hellenist sculptures in bronze. These were created by Aristeas and Papias (their names can be seen on the plinths of Hadrian's sculptures). In the Louvre, there is another version of the sculpture depicting an old centaur of the Roman Empire period. It is made in marble and it is 147 cm tall. It differs from the version in the Capitoline Museums in that a Cupid figure mounting the centaur has been added. The sculpture of the old centaur is a counterpart of the sculpture depicting a young centaur.

Elaborated by Joanna Winiewicz-Wolska, PhD (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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