SCHALLER, Johann Nepomuk
(b. 1777, Wien, d. 1842, Wien)

Bellerophon Fighting the Chimaera

Marble, height 210 cm
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

On receiving a commission from the court to work up a lifesize male statue of youthful age, he opted for a group based on Bellerophon Fighting the Chimaera. For this sculpture, Schaller used as his model Canova's recently completed group of Theseus and the Centaur.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 2 minutes):
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon, Air