Analysis of Centaur Abducting Woman with Fallen La Essay

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Analysis of Centaur Abducting Woman with Fallen Lapith Man

Perhaps the most interesting period in Greek sculpture is the Classical period. During
this glorious period of unbelievable craftsmanship, numerous pieces celebrated the Greek's
infatuation with fable and war. The sculpture, nicely titled Centaur Abducting Lapith
Woman and Fallen Lapith Man, is a wonderful symbol of the artistic period and image of
war. Sculpted somewhere around 447-438 B.C., the sculpture was carved out of solid marble
to produce a beautiful, and yet horrifying scene from a battle.

This sculpture was most likely the artist's attempt to capture the essence of some fable
that had been passed down through the generations. Perhaps more likely, it could have been
the artist's own imagination that fathomed the macabre beauty of the rendered scene. The
sculpture is done in high relief, carved out of a solid block of marble. The lines and
curves of the sculpture give each character within it great definition. It almost appears
though, from the way in which the centaur holds the woman, that he has no head. This adds
to the already existing complexity of the sculpture. It is very similar to other
sculptures of the Classical period in the way that it depicts a man at death's doorstep,
and a woman being abducted. It seems to be a reoccurring theme.

The sculpture is done in a monochromatic brown hue. It depicts a valiant centaur with a
Lapith woman slung over his shoulder. A Lapith man lies dead at the centaur's feet. Given
such little information about the context of the sculpture, one is likely to assume that
the centaur was after the woman alone, and not some larger goal, like taking over the
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