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Eugenio Battiglia

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  • Eugenio Battiglia
  • Discobolus
  • signed: E:Battiglia / Firenze
  • white marble

Catalogue Note

This impressive marble is carved after the famous Discobolus, which is recorded by the ancient writers Lucian and Quintilian as having been created by Myron, the 5th-century Greek sculptorThe Discobolus was celebrated by ancient writers for its beauty and naturalistic anatomy, qualities which made it, in their eyes, one of the crowning artistic achievements of Classical art. In 1781, a full marble copy of the sculpture was discovered at the Villa Palombara on the Esquiline Hill, Rome. Achieving instant fame and distinction, the sculpture was moved around various prestigious palaces of Rome. In 1938, after pursuing it fervently, Adolf Hitler obtained it and displayed it in the Glyptothek, Munich. It was eventually returned to Italy in 1948 and placed in the Museo Nazionale Romano, where it remains today.

Copied frequently in antiquity and since its discovery, the Discobolus has captured popular imagination for centuries. It represents an ideal of youthful beauty and health; it maintains an element of intrigue with its association to a greater undiscovered antiquity. Eugenio Battiglia, a Tuscan artist working in Florence in the nineteenth century, produced this fine version of the renowned sculpture. It is a beautiful and powerful work in itself, while also reflecting the enduring appeal of the antique and its original mastery of sculpture.

F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique. The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven/ London, 1981, pp. 199-202