Death of a Centaur card

Death of a Centaur

WAG 1996.24

Currently not on display


This print depicts a scene of Centaur's death by a poisoned arrow. Heracles made a pact with Zeus where if he kills Chiron [a noble centaur], he could save Prometheus's life who is chained to a rock to death for his sin of stealing fire from Zeus. On the left half of the canvas, Centaur is seen, against the backdrop of the edge of the forest, with both his arms aloft as he is shot with an arrow poisoned with the blood of Hydra shot by Heracles who is standing on a rocky outcrop, a minute figure in the top right corner.