Antoine-Louis Barye: Turkish Horse sculpture

Made of bonded bronze

Hand-patinated to reflect the original finish.

Height including base 11 3/4 in.; length 10 in.

Item No.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

19th Century Art

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

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Our Turkish Horse is reproduced from a bronze statuette cast by Romantic sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875) before 1848, now in the Museum's collection. The primal energy of the animal world was one of the favorite subjects of Romantic artists, who believed the unrestrained and unfettered actions of animals were the embodiments of instinct, as opposed to reason.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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