Chariot Race, Alexander von Wagner

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The Chariot Race around 1882 Alexander von Wagner 1838-1919 Wagner breathes life into this scene by making the viewer feel that they are in the path of the speeding horse-drawn chariots. Roman chariot racing was exhilarating but dangerous. In collisions, the flimsy chariots might easily smash and the charioteer could be dragged to death, or seriously injured, entangled in the long reins. Wagner may have been inspired by the novel Ben Hur, which was published in 1880. His academic training enabled him to paint convincingly the Ancient Roman architecture and costume which provides the backdrop to the drama of the race.

Giclee print on premium silk 240gsm paper
Paper size 560x800mm

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