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Marble statue of the so-called Apollo Lykeios

Mid-Imperial, Hadrianic or Antonine
A.D. 130–161
H. with plinth 80 in. (203.2 cm.)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Copy of a Greek bronze of the mid-4th century B.C. often attributed to Praxiteles
Right ankle and foot, right knee and area above and below, left kneecap and foot, tree trunk, and base are modern restorations.

This is a Roman version of a famous statue of Apollo that stood in the Lyceum, a large outdoor gymnasium just outside the walls of Athens. The Roman writer Lucian described the work as Apollo resting after his labors with his right arm resting on his head. This copy was part of a collection of ancient sculpture assembled by the Marquess Vincenzo Giustiniani in the first third of the seventeenth century in Rome. The stance is somewhat awkward as the legs were restored from numerous pieces.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 140, 275, pl. 115d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 105, pp. 67-68, pls. 85a-c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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