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Marble torso of Eros

Copy of work attributed to Praxiteles

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 30 5/8 in. (77.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.14
  • Description

    Roman copy of Greek original. Adaptation of a Greek bronze statue representing the
    Apollo Sauroktonos (Lizard Slayer) of ca. 350 B.C. by Praxiteles.

    The delicately modeled surface and sinuous curve of this torso are typical of the style of Praxiteles. The original bronze statue showed the young Apollo leaning
    against a tall tree trunk and holding an arrow; he was poised to slay a lizard climbing up the tree. The Romans did not hesitate to alter and adapt famous Greek
    works. Here, Apollo has been transformed into Eros, as can be seen by the remains of wings on his back.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Accessions of Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(4): pp. 105-6, fig. 2.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 265-66, fig. 187.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 265-66, fig. 187.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 107, 246, pl. 86c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 107, p. 68, pl. 86.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Eros, no. 80b.

    Preisshofen, Renate and Dr. Nicholas Kaltsas. 2002. "Der Apollon Sauroktonos des Praxiteles." Antike Plastik, Vol. 28: pp. 105-6, pls. 62-63.

    Martinez, Jean-Luc. 2007. Praxitèle. Paris, musée du Louvre, 23 mars - 18 juin 2007, Alain Pasquier, ed. Paris: Musée du Louvre, p. 359, fig. 249.

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