Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Bronze Head of a Young Athlete, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D.

A Bronze Head of a Young Athlete,
Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D.
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DESCRIPTION
A Bronze Head of a Young Athlete, Roman Imperial, circa late 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D., after a Greek original of the 4th Century B.C. by Lysippos or a contemporary sculptor of the 2nd half of the 4th Century B.C., from an over-lifesize figure turned to his left and looking down, his face with outlined lips formerly overlaid in copper, straight nose merging into the prominent brow, and wide-set hollow eyes, the ancient inlays missing, his hair radiating from the crown in vigorously rendered whorls of voluted overlapping curls and brushed up above the forehead in short overlapping locks, the interior flange behind the chin for attachment to the separately cast body of the ancient statue.Height 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm.)The head is sold together with bronze shoulders created for it in Renaissance Italy.Provenance:Senator Bernardo Nani (1712-1761), Venice
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Sold: 4,515,750 USD