Warrior on Horseback

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Warrior on Horseback


Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode (Netherlandish, active about 1525 - 1580)




Netherlands (Place created)


1562 - 1565




39.7 x 45.7 cm (15 5/8 x 18 in.)

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This armored warrior on horseback holding a shield with Medusa's head probably represents a figure from myth or ancient history, perhaps the Roman hero Marcus Curtius. The horse and rider's out-flung limbs create intersecting diagonal axes, conveying a sense of explosive movement. To balance the composition, the rider sits far back on the horse. This position also assures the stability of the bronze, the weight of which rests solely on the horse's two rear legs. Although the rider's lithe, attenuated body expresses a Mannerist conception of anatomical proportions, the composition's vigorous thrusting is more typical of the Baroque.

Artisans cast the piece in several sections using the lost-wax method, then joined the separate pieces with plugs. The surface shows little evidence of much chasing after casting.

before 1948

Unknown (England) [sold, unknown country house sale, 1948, to Crowther of Syon Lodge.]

1948 -

Bert Crowther (Syon Lodge, Isleworth, Middlesex, England), sold to Vincent Corter, before 1976.

by 1976 - 1984

Vincent Corter (England), sold to Alexander Wengraf, 1984.


Patricia Wengraf Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580 - 1620 (December 11, 1993 to March 6, 1994)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), December 11, 1993 to March 6, 1994
Willem van Tetrode (c. 1525-1580), sculptor linking the Netherlands and Italy (March 7 to September 7, 2003)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), March 7 to May 25, 2003
  • The Frick Collection (New York), June 23 to September 7, 2003

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 257, no. 252, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 185, ill.

Luijten, Ger, et al., eds. Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580-1620, exh. cat. (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, with Waanders, 1993), pp. 308, 402-3, no. 57, ill.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 51, ill.

Jolly, Anna. "Netherlandish Sculptors in Sixteenth-Century Northern Germany and Their Patrons." Simiolus 27, no. 3 (1999), pp. 135-36, fig. 20.

Scholten, Frits, et al. Willem van Tetrode, Sculptor (c. 1525-1580) / Guglielmo Fiammingo Scultor (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, with Waanders, 2003), pp. 53, 56-57, 104, 106, 111n34, figs. 62-63; pp. 118-19, no. 12, ill.

Binnebeke, Emile Jules Bernard Dominique van. Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode ca. 1520-1580, de Delftse Praxiteles: Een studie naar het leven en het werk van een zestiende-eeuwse Nederlandse beeldhouwer / Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode. The Praxiteles from Delft. A Monograph on a Sixteenth Century Dutch Sculptor. Ph.D. diss. 2 vols. (Universiteit van Utrecht, 2003), vol. 1, pp. 152-53, no. 32; vol. 2, pp. 228-30, figs. 94-97, XR9A-XR9B.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 241, ill.

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