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Apollo Belvedere

Roman copy of a Greek bronze original.

This sculpture, showing Apollo having just fired an arrow, was usually considered the greatest work from ancient Greece and Rome until the nineteenth century. It was missing its hands when found and some scholars believe he was holding an aegis, or cloak, in his left hand

Number: 
352
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Rome, Vatican, Belvedere 92

Size: 
2.24m
Accession: 

Transferred to the Museum from the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 269 (n.18), pl. 98.3
Pfeiff: Apollon (1943), 135, fig.11
Amelung: Catalogue of the Vatican Museum II (1908), 256-, no.92, pl. 12
Brunn-Bruckmann, Denkmäler Griechischer und Römischer Skulptur, pl. 419
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 104, no.554
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 894, no.515
Haskell & Penny: Taste and the Antique (1981), 148

Date: 
Roman. Original: Hellenistic
Provenance: 

Found near to the convent of San Lorenzo in the Via Panisperna in Rome in the late fifteenth century

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