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Barberini Faun

The Barberini Faun is a good example of what is sometimes called Hellenistic Rococo, on account of the flamboyance in sculptural style and subject matter.

It was found without legs and left arm. The legs were restored several times before the sculpture was moved to its present home in Munich, and there have been differing opinions about the angle of the body and the position of the legs.

There is still a lack of clarity over whether the piece is a Hellenistic original, Roman copy or a Roman creation. It may not even have originated in Rome as the marble is thought to be from an Asian source

Number: 
361
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Munich, Glyptothek 218

Size: 
2.15m
Accession: 

Transferred from the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 330 (n.6), pl. 118.2
Lawrence: Later Greek Sculpture (1927), 21, 112, 135, pl. 34b
Bulle: Der Schöne Mensch im Altertum (1922), 127, pl. 178
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 99, no.530
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 894, no.470
Pollitt: Art in the Hellenistic Age, 134, pl. 146
Sorabella: Classical Antiquity (October 2007) 26, 2, 219-248
Haskell & Penny: Taste and the Antique (1981), 202

Date: 
Hellenistic (?)
Provenance: 

Found in the 1620s on the site of the Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome, formerly the Mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian

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