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Marble statuette of a seated philosopher

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 21 7/16 in. (54.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.73
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Copy after a Greek statue of ca. 250 B.C.
Said to be from Rome
Seated torso with modern marble head based on bronze original in the British Museum.

Several other small-scale copies of this type have been identified. The best preserved example is a bronze in the British Museum. Much of the intellectual intensity of the portrait is conveyed in the figure’s face. The body language—the crossed legs, the position of the left arm in the himation (cloak), and the forward-leaning pose— adds to the evocation of a man deep in thought. According to one interpretation, this work depicts the Stoic philosopher Kleanthes of Assos (331–232 B.C.), the foremost pupil of Zeno.
[With Ugo Jandolo, Rome]; [with Durlacher Brothers, London]; [until 1924, with Joseph Brummer, New York]; acquired in 1924, purchased from Joseph Brummer.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Accessions of Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(4): p. 104, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 212–13, fig. 147, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 212–13, fig. 147, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 123, 261, pl. 101d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 185, p. 96, pl. 129, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Haff, Ralf von den. 1994. Philosophenporträts des Früh- und Hochhellenismus, Biering and Brinkmann, ed. pp. 166 n. 3, 204–7, München.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 13, pp. 13, 48–50, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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