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Apollo Sauroktonos

Apollo swatting at a lizard. Bronze Roman copy of bronze Greek original. The curve of the spine with the tilting of the hips, head and shoulders is a good example of the ‘Praxitelean curve’, which helped the sculptor make his gods appear more human

Number: 
231
Material: 
Bronze
Location of Original: 

Rome, Villa Albani 952

Size: 
0.96m
Accession: 

Purchased from Malpieri of Rome in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 240 (n.6)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 78, no.367
Richter: Sculpture & Sculptors of the Greeks (1950), fig.675
Lawrence: Classical Sculpture (1928), 247-
Helbig: Führer durch die Öffentlichen Sammlungen Klassischer Altertümer in Rom (2nd edition) II, 21, no.791
Pliny: Natural History XXXIV.70

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

Found in a wine cellar under the church of S. Balbina in Rome

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