597: BEN-HUR CHARIOT CONCEPT ART
BEN-HUR CHARIOT CONCEPT ART - (MGM, 1959) 26 ¼ in. x 13 in. gouache on artist’s board rendering of Ben Hur Horse and chariot. A concept painting of a Roman chariot labeled at the bottom with the name, “Juda” referring to Judah Ben Hur, the character Charlton Heston portrayed in the William Wyler epic. The painting is accomplished in tones of white, blue and gold. While the harness evolved by production, the chariot seen in the film is a remarkably faithful version of this design. The piece shows some age, soil and corner stubbing. Some swatch staples on the upper right hand corner don’t interfere with the art. Colors and image remain crisp and clear.