Up close and personal with Le Centaur Nessus in the beautiful Tuileries Garden, Paris.
Entitled "Le Centaure Nessus Enlevant Dejanire" meaning "The Centuar Nessus Abducting Deianeira", this 1892 marble piece is by Laurent-Honoré Marqueste (1848-1920). It depicts Nessus carrying Hercules wife, Deianeira, away on his back.
Nessus abducted Hercules wife and tried to rape her. Hercules shot a poisoned arrow and killed Nessus..but not before the centaur told Deianeira that Hercules would be true to her forever. Later, when she had doubts about Hercules, Deianeira spread the centaur's blood on Hercules shirt which eventually poisoned and killed him.
Marqueste was a French artist known prominently for his monuments.
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Lourve Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de' Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution . In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was a place where Parisians celebrated, met, strolled, and relaxed.