La Cohorte Invencible
Date 1928
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 129.3 x 89 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-113
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La Cohorte Invincible corresponds to the progressive development undergone by de Chirico's work after he discovered ancient Roman remains and Renaissance painting. Giorgio de Chirico associated the ‘metaphysical chamber’ of his earlier years with all of the ingredients in his new mythology: a fragment of a fluted column can be seen in a room and, on the wall in the background, the façade of a house with a portico appears (the theme of ‘the house inside the house’ first emerged in 1924). In the centre is a dense group of ancient warriors with helmets, shields, arrows and daggers. It is not possible to make out whom the arms and legs belong to. Apart from one of them, which looks like a statue, the others are all wearing helmets and have a threatening appearance. They are gladiators, one of the painter's new favourite themes, which he began to incorporate in 1927 (Gladiators, School of Gladiators, End of the Fight, Gladiator Fight, Gladiators and Lion etc.). This work, which dates from 1928, formed part of the painter's solo exhibition in Paris, which enraged the surrealists in the same year. AC
L’Effort Moderne gallery, Paris; Galleria d’Art Moderna, Florence; private collection, France, around 1970; acquired at Christie’s, London, 10 December 1998.