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A  Fragmentary Roman Marble Head of the Diadumenos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with mid 17th Century or earlier Restorations
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A  Fragmentary Roman Marble Head of the Diadumenos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with mid 17th Century or earlier Restorations
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Details & Cataloguing

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A  Fragmentary Roman Marble Head of the Diadumenos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with mid 17th Century or earlier Restorations
turned to his right, his face with full parted lips and straight nose merging into the prominent brow, his hair radiating from the crown in overlapping curls and bound in a broad fillet falling in rippling folds over the shoulders; probably from a herm or statue, the shoulders recarved into a bust with rectangular plinth, the front part of the head restored in marble.
Total height 53 cm.; height of head 26.5 cm.; height of face 17.5 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, 16th/17th Century (based on restorations and Dal Pozzo drawing)
French private collection, Paris, acquired in the 1980s or earlier
acquired by the present owner from the above

Literature

RECORDED
unpublished 1630s Italian drawing, probably by Pietro Testa (1611–1650), originally part of the Museo Cartaceo ("Paper Museum"), a collection of drawings and prints assembled by the Italian scholar Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657), then in the collection of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878), sold at Philips, London, December 12th, 1990, and recorded in a photograph in the Warburg Institute Library in London

Catalogue Note

The front part of the head comes from a copy of the Diadumenos by Polykleitos, a famous bronze statue from circa 430/420 B.C., known in numerous copies. For other examples see D. Kreikenbom, Bildwerke nach Polyklet, 1990, pp. 109ff., pls. 247ff. For the original and its interpretation see S. Kansteiner, et al., eds., Der Neue Overbeck, vol. 2, 2014, pp. 467ff, no. 2.

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