Stórir hestar – Orrusta Uccello

Stórir hestar – Orrusta Uccello


  • Year : 1955
  • Height : 192 cm
  • Width : 354 cm
  • Category : Málverk
  • Sub-category : Lakkmálverk

In creating the painting Big Horses, Erró used several artistic quotations. He borrowed the horse lying on the left and the lances from the Battle of San Romano (1438) by Paolo Uccello, a painting he had studied closely at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. For the horse in the center, he drew on a work by Leonardo Cremonini that had been reproduced in an American magazine. The equestrian figure seen from the back, next to it on the right, is modeled on Marino Marini’s Horseman, a sculpture he first came across when it was exhibited at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo in 1953. The Battle of San Romano was also the source for the posture of the fallen horse in a painting not listed in his first general catalogue, but for which the Reykjavík Art Museum has the preparatory drawing (Uccello’s Horse), shown here at the beginning of the exhibition. In the drawing, the animal is lying in front of a row of suits of armour, inspired by armour the artist had seen and sketched in the Stibbert Museum in Florence. The motif of armour—or a kind of mechanical robot—is also found in other works from the Erró’s Florentine period.

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