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Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, Greece, 1st half of 2nd Century A.D.

 
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
1010
Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, Greece, 1st half of 2nd Century A.D.

 
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, Greece, 1st half of 2nd Century A.D.

 
his head turned sharply to his right, with bare chest, short and thick beard, and unruly hair, on an integral profiled socle; nose and right shoulder formerly restored.
Height 62 cm.
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Provenance

recorded on the Munich art market prior to World War I, offered by a Greek art dealer, said to be from Salonika
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
Paul Arndt, in Griechische und römische Porträts, nos. 1128–29, Munich, 1930 (text: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/1092779; plates: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/1093182http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/1093183)

Catalogue Note

Although Arndt considered this bust to be a Roman private portrait, there is reason to regard it as a Roman copy of an otherwise unknown Greek portrait of the late 4th cent. BC: The sharp turn of the head and the way how the hair parts above the left temple recall the head of the Hermes binding the sandals (see P. Moreno, ed., Lisippo, exh. cat. Rome, 1995, pp. 230ff.). It is tempting to ascribe the original of this portrait to the same artist as the Hermes: Lysippos, famous for working for Alexander the Great.

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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