The Death of the Children of Niobe

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Metz lived in Rome from 1801 until his death in 1827. This highly-worked presentation drawing treats the slaughter of Niobe’s seven sons and seven daughters by Apollo and Diana, a subject from Ovid ('Metamorphoses' VI, 204–312), and contains quotations from numerous classical sculptures. It brilliantly exemplifies the international neo-classical style of the time, not previously represented in the Barber Collection.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham

Title

The Death of the Children of Niobe

Date

1820

Medium

pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, heightened with white on paper

Measurements

H 45.4 x W 68.4 cm

Accession number

91.2

Acquisition method

purchased, 1991

Work type

Drawing

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