A Roman marble figure of a young man
Lot 51* W
A Roman marble figure of a young man
Sold for £86,500 (US$ 143,473) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Roman marble figure of a young man
Lot Details
A Roman marble figure of a young man
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The youthful figure standing in contrapposto with the weight on his right leg supported by a tree stump, the remains of a strut on the thigh, the left arm bent, the shoulder draped by a himation with deep zigzag folds, the athletic musculature modelled with a pronounced iliac crest, 25in (61.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection, acquired in 1965.
    G. Réal Collection, Ascona, Switzerland, formed in the 1940s.

    Literature:
    This depiction of heroic nudity has its origins in Greek art of the 5th Century B.C. and the work of such sculptors as Polykleitos and Lysippos who sculpted athletes, gods and heroes with idealised musculature. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the type was employed to depict individuals, combining more realistic portraiture with idealised athletic nudity.

    The type, with a mantle covering one shoulder, was particularly adopted into the Roman Imperial canon and deployed on commemorative and funerary monuments. For example the statues of Augustus' heirs, his grandsons Gaius and Lucius Caesar, from the Julian Basilica in Corinth, now in the Archaeological Museum, Corinth: D. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture, New Haven, London, 1992, p. 72-74, figs. 48, 50. For further discussion, see P. Zanker, Klassizistische Statuen, Mainz am Rhein, 1974.
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