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Marble head of Epikouros

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
19 5/8 × 9 3/4 × 11 1/2 in. (49.8 × 24.8 × 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.90
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Copy of a Greek statue of the 1st half of the 3rd century B.C.

The philosopher, who lived from 341 to 271 B.C., must have been honored by a portrait statue made late in his lifetime or soon after his death. Numerous Roman copies reproduce the same original, showing the esteem in which Epicurus' teachings were held.
[Until 1911, with Ettore Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1911, purchased from E. Jandolo.

[Until 1911, with Ettore Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1911, purchased from E. Jandolo.
Robinson, Edward. 1911. "A Head of Epicurus." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(11): pp. 150, 152.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 239, fig. 146, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Accessions of Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(4): p. 104.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 281, fig. 199, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 281, fig. 199, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Phillips, John Goldsmith. January 1940. "Heads in Sculpture: A Special Exhibition, January 17-March 3." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 35(1): pp. 3, 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 122, 260, pl. 100b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 186, pp. 96–97, pl. 130, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1970. "The Department of Greek and Roman Art: Triumphs and Tribulations." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 3: pp. 75, 78, fig. 7.

Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. p. 525, pl. 195d, Cambridge, England.

Haff, Ralf von den. 1994. Philosophenporträts des Früh- und Hochhellenismus, Biering and Brinkmann, ed. p. 71 n. 96, München.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 257, pp. 220, 455, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 47, pp. 140–41, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 10, pp. 11, 39–41, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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