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Apollo Sauroktonos

Apollo swatting at a lizard. Roman copy of a Greek bronze original. The implied action shows how quick and agile the young god is; but the pose is languid, graceful and sinuous, as is typical of all of the sculptures of Praxiteles to survive as Roman copies

Number: 
230
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Paris, Louvre 441

Size: 
1.49m
Accession: 

Purchased from the Louvre in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 240 (n.6), pl. 84.3
Encyclopédie Photographique de l’Art; Musée de Louvre III, pl. 190
Louvre Catalogue Sommaire (1922), 26, no.441
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), 262-
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 247-
Klein: Praxiteles, 109, fig.14
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 78, no.368
Pliny: Natural History XXXIV.70

Date: 
Roman. Original: c.350 BCE
Sculptor: 
Of original: Praxiteles
Provenance: 

Formerly in the Borghese Collection, Rome

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