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Perrier, François
Le Taureau de palais Farnese Le Taureau de palais Farnese
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Unearthed in 1546 under the direction of Pope Paul III, the marble group (originally late 2nd century BCE) replicated by François Perrier impressed audiences with its scale and artistic complexity. It portrays the Thebian queen Dirce, who was tied to the horns of a bull by the sons of Antiope for her harsh treatment of their mother. The sculpture resided in the Palazzo Farnese during Perrier’s time, but his reproductive etching made the dramatic composition a source of study and inspiration for artists across Europe.

 
Perrier, François
Pontarlier, France 1594–Paris, France 1649 Pontarlier, France 1594–Paris, France 1649
Le Taureau de palais Farnese Le Taureau de palais Farnese
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Etching on paper Etching on paper
height / width: 33.00 x 25.80 cm; 12.99 x 10.16 in.
Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen's University Art Foundation, 1944 Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen's University Art Foundation, 1944
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