Torso of seated Apollo2020-01-12T10:46:39+00:00

Project Description

Torso of seated Apollo (125 A.D.)

This sculpture is conserved from the ab-domen to the neck. The head must have been inclined forwards to the left. The figure was seated, as the very evident folds in the abdomen demonstrate. The left arm was bent behind the head; the right hand did not go further than the shoulder, where there is the mount for a support. It is not clear what the figure was doing. The left arm bent sharply back is reminiscent of the figures of Apollo, but in these the right arm hung down the sides or, in the case of seated or reclining figures, rested limply on a leg: it was, in any case, a relaxed pose. In the present sculpture, however, since the arm muscles are taut, the figure appears to be engaged in a more exacting activity. Although the handling of the surfaces is characteristic of the age of Praxiteles, the colossal structure of the figure, the softness of the modelling, the fullness of the fonns and the realism of the folds in die abdomen suggest that the original statue should be dated to the Hellenistic period and was perhaps the work of an Alexan¬drian sculptor. This Roman copy, faithful to the original, may be dated to the first half of the 2nd century A.D.
The torso rests on a funerary altar, not il-lustrated here, with an inscription in Greek by the stonecutter Quintus Julius Miletus from Tripolis in Lydia, also known for another inscription formerly in the Villa Polissena in Rome. He boasts that he has created a “deceit” for the living, an amusement, the labyrinthos where his friends should enjoy themselves. This altar is datable to the late reign of Septimius Severus or perhaps that of Caracalla.

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