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The Toro Farnese And Other Sculpture In The Greek Court

The Toro Farnese And Other Sculpture In The Greek Court

Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Tab.442.a.5

Item number: 31

Length: 20.4

Width: 26.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Toro Farnese, the largest intact statue from antiquity, carved from one piece of marble and restored by Michelangelo (1475-1564), seen in the Egyptian Court at the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham Hill. The building, originally designed by Joseph Paxton, housed the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. It attracted more than six million visitors to a showcase of the century's technological and artistic achievements. The statue depicts the death of Circe, tied to the horns of a raging bull by her stepsons Amphion and Zethus for her ill-treatment of their mother Antiope.

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