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English: Meleager

About 1484-95
Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi, called Antico (about 1460-1528)
Italy, Mantua
Partially gilded bronze with eyes inlaid in silver

The statuette represents the mythical character Meleager, the heir to the throne of Calydon, a city in Greece. His father had offended the goddess Artemis, who sent a great boar to attack his homeland. Here Meleager is poised to kill the boar. The design is based on a classical marble statue. At one time this marble was in the Belvedere in Rome, but we know that it was in the Uffizi in Florence by 1638. There it was popularly known as the Contadino or Villano (peasant). A fire in 1762 destroyed it.

Purchased with funds from the Horn and Bryan Bequests and with the assistance of The Art Fund

Collection ID: A.27-1960

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by art_traveller.

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