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Relief - Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python
  • Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python
    Donner, Georg Raphael, born 1693 - died 1741
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Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donner, Georg Raphael, born 1693 - died 1741 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze relief

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze relief, is made by Georg Raphael Donner in Austria in the first half of the 18th century. It represents the legend of Apollo slaying the serpent Python.
Donner (1693-1741) was one of the most prolific Austrian sculptors of the time. His style was baroque with pseudo ancient elements.
Apollo is one of the twelve gods of Olympus and the embodiment of the classical Greek spirit, representing the rational and the civilised. In Greek mythology he was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin-brother of Artemis (Diana).
In classical sculpture he represents the ideal form of male physical beauty (as Venus for female) and is portrayed young, beardless, with long hair and rather feminine features. His attributes were varied: bow, arrow, quiver (for his patron of archery), the lyre (patron of poetry and music), a four-horse chariot (for the sun god), a snake (for his victory over Python) and more.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1700-1750 (made)


Donner, Georg Raphael, born 1693 - died 1741 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze relief


Width: 50.5 cm, Height: 36 cm, Depth: 1 cm less than

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1952.

Descriptive line

Relief, bronze, Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python, Georg Raphael Donner, Austrian, first half of 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Warren, Jeremy, Beauty & Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection, London, The Wallace Collection, 2010, exh. cat. pp. 118-119, fig. 2





Subjects depicted



Myths & Legends; Reliefs; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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