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A Roman Marble Figure of Dionysos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with 18th/19th Century Italian Restorations
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 369,000 EUR
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A Roman Marble Figure of Dionysos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with 18th/19th Century Italian Restorations
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 369,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of Dionysos, circa 2nd Century A.D., with 18th/19th Century Italian Restorations
standing with the weight on his right leg against a tree-trunk support decorated with vine leaves and clusters of grapes, and wearing sandals, his hair falling in long strands over the shoulders; head and neck, remaining part of left arm incl. parts of left shoulder and shoulder-blade, front half of left foot, and plinth restored in marble.
Height 170 cm ; 67 in.
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Provenance

Benedetti Collection, Rome, circa 1900 (probably the archaeologists and art dealers Anibale and Fausto Benedetti)
acquired in the late 1980s by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint-Laurent together with their house on the rue Bonaparte, where it already adorned the garden

Literature

PUBLISHED:
Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 3, Paris, 1904, p. 31, no. 1 ("Coll. Benedetti à Rome. Phot. comm. par G. Paille. Bras g. et tête mod.“).

Catalogue Note

Both size and composition indicate that the present Roman statue is based on an original Greek statuary type called the "Dresden Boy" (the eponymous Roman copy of this type is in Dresden: K. Knoll et al., eds., Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Katalog der antiken Bildwerke, vol. 2, 2011, pp. 704ff., no. 164, and https://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/Details/Index/166064). The bronze original was a statue of a young athlete from the late 5th Century B.C., likely one of Polykleitos' latest works. Another example of a statue of Dionysos based on the same type is at Holkham Hall: E. Angelicoussis, The Holkham Collection of Classical Sculpture, 2001, p. 99f., no. 12, pl. 24 (with erroneous typology), and http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/7440.

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