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Idolino

Statue of a youth.
This bronze is a Roman emulation of a Greek style from some four hunded and fifty years earlier. It is influenced by the Doryphoros of Polykleitos, especially the head, and was once thought to be an original by the Greek sculptor representing Bacchus; it may be an example of a Roman dinner party fashion for pseudo-Classical statues of young men holding oil lamps

Number: 
197
Material: 
Bronze
Location of Original: 

Florence, Museo Archeologico 143

Size: 
1.49m
Accession: 

Purchased in 1884 from the Paris Beaux Arts

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 165 (n.3)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 65, no.291
Rumpf: Critica d’Arte H., 19/20, 17 (?)
Zanker: Klassizistische Statuen, 30
Richter: Ancient Italy, 51
Hölscher: The Language of Images in Roman Art, 11, pl.1
Ridgway, in Moon (ed.): Polykleitos, the Doryphoros and Tradition, 180
Haskell & Penny: Taste and the Antique, 240
Marvin, in Hughes & Ranfft (eds.): Sculpture and its Reproductions, 10

Date: 
Early Roman Empire
Provenance: 

Discovered at Pesaro, on Italy’s east coast, in 1530. Later in the Uffizi, Florence

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