Nessus Abducting Deianeira 1617-21. Guido Reni.

IMG_3482Here the painter chooses the scene of the abduction; Hercules, alone on the opposite shore in the background on the right, plays a minor role in the composition.

All the attention is focused on the taught muscular tension of the centaur’s body. His bold, triumphant face contrasts with Deianeira’s fright. The positioning of the figures’ arms imparts vigor to the scene, accentuated further by the flowing movement of the brilliantly colored drapery of Deianeira’s robes. Louvre.

Here the painter chooses the scene of the abduction; Hercules, alone on the opposite shore in the background on the right, plays a minor role in the composition.

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