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The Gosford Wellhead: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.80, no. 3 (Winter, 2023)

Hemingway, Seán, with a contribution by Dorothy H. Abramitis, Federico Carò, and Adriana Rizzo
48 pages
59 illustrations
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The Gosford Wellhead is one of the most remarkable works of Roman sculpture to enter The Met collection in decades. This Bulletin traces the marble wellhead’s surprising journey to New York, beginning with its discovery in Ostia, Rome’s ancient port, in 1797, and including a long residence in Gosford House, one of Scotland’s most majestic private homes. The authors closely examine the marble wellhead’s superbly carved imagery of two Greek myths related to water: Narcissus and Echo and Hylas and the Nymphs. Uncovering impressive early restorations and featuring a modern technical analysis, this Bulletin provides a focused study of a singular masterpiece whose cultural history weaves from ancient Rome to the present day.

Met Art in Publication

Puteal (wellhead) with Narcissus and Echo, and Hylas and the Nymphs, Marble, Roman
2nd century
Wellhead, Limestone (Istrian limestone), Italian
late 14th–early 15th century
Silver dekadrachm, Euainetos, Silver, Greek, Sicilian, Syracuse
400–390 BCE
Diana and Actaeon (Diana Surprised in Her Bath), Camille Corot  French, Oil on canvas
Camille Corot
Gold ring with carnelian intaglio: winged Nemesis, Carnelian, gold, Roman, Cypriot
1st–early 3rd century CE
Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water), Orchard Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic
Orchard Painter
ca. 470–460 BCE
Chalcedony scaraboid, Carnelian or chalcedony, Greek
late 5th–early 4th century BCE

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