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The Fight between the Lapiths and the Centaurs
Piero di Cosimo

This painting was probably the backboard of a bench or chest in a Florentine palace. Furniture was often made to celebrate marriage; the subject would have been regarded as entertaining for such a purpose. It is from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' (XII, 210ff.) and shows drunken centaurs disrupting the wedding feast of the king of the Lapiths, one of them seizing the bride by her hair (right foreground). Among many grotesque and lewd incidents is the lyrical episode of the centaur Hylonome kissing her lover Cyllarus as he dies from a javelin wound.

Key facts
Artist Piero di Cosimo
Artist dates 1462 - 1522
Full title The Fight between the Lapiths and the Centaurs
Date made probably 1500-15
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 71 x 260 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1937
Inventory number NG4890
Location in Gallery Not on display
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