Head of a Victorious Athlete
Reproduction patinated by hand. Mold made from an imprint of the original work exhibited at the Louvre.
The head was set on a bronze or marble pillar and the eyes had glass inlays, while red copper underlined the lips and the brows. The custom of erecting a statue to commemorate the memory of a victorious athlete maintained a long tradition in the Greek world even after the Roman conquest.
The Benevent Head bears the proportions of a facial type set during the 5th century, but following the serious expression of victory a sort of clumsiness with an air of calm meditation indicates a later date of production. This piece probably belongs to the Roman period; the somewhat affected work of the chisel and the elegance under the headband have the kind of perfection encountered in works from the Greek Renaissance, under the reign of Augustus.
- Dimensions :
- 44 x 25 x 25 cm
- Material of the original work :
- Artiste :
- Art movements :
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Antiquités gréco-romaines
- Museum of Conservation :
- Paris, Musée du Louvre