Early 20th Century France

Large Plaster Figure Depicting The Apollo Belvedere


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Height 36 1/4 inches (92 cm)
Width 25 inches (63.5 cm)
Depth 18 inches (46 cm)

An early twentieth century plaster sculpture depicting The Apollo Belvedere.

Apollo is recognised as a Classical god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, and of healing. The Apollo Belvedere is a celebrated marble sculpture from classical antiquity. Extensive scholarship has led to the current acceptance that the Apollo Belvedere is now considered to be an original Roman creation of Hadrianic date, though in the Hellenistic taste. The distinctively Roman footwear is one reason to believe it is not a copy of an original Greek statue. It was rediscovered in central Italy in the late fifteenth century during the Italian Renaissance and was placed on semi-public display in the Vatican in 1511. It remains there to this day.

This version is most probably a museum recreation from the first half of the twentieth century. Great collections including The Louvre in Paris made smaller scale casts of the great works of antiquity for private collectors and we believe this could be an example of that tradition.

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