Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs
Date ca. 460 BCE
Movement Greek | Classical
Dimensions slightly over-life-size
Provenance West Pediment, Temple of Zeus, Olympia
Housed at Archaeological Museum, Olympia
This image is a partial photographic reconstruction of the sculptural program of the West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Apollo presides over the ensuing battle, his strong gaze and commanding arm displaying intent direction, while his frontal pose insinuates that he is removed from the physical commotion. Snarling beasts entangle themselves amongst the human warriors, who are headstrong and calm. The theme is clear—reason, order and rationality triumph over chaos.