Patinated Bronze Group of The Education of Archilles by the Centaur Chiron
Handsome 19th century bronze, cast after model by François Rude. When Achilles’ mother Thetis left home her son was brought to Chiron, a wise cultured centaur who received him as a disciple. In this composition Chiron teaches Achilles the fine art of archery.
This grouping was inspired by Jean-Baptiste Regnault’s monumental canvas entitled L’Education d’Achille par le centaure Chiron, which was exhibited at the Salon of 1783, and was also his morceau de réception at the Academy in the same year.
Inv No. 552