Portrait of the Greek Orator Demosthenes

Unidentified Artist1st century BCE - 2nd century CE

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, United States

This remarkable statuette is a small-scale copy of a lost life-size bronze statue that honored the Athenian orator and statesman Demosthenes. It illustrates a trend toward realism in Greek portraiture of the third century BCE and offers a posthumous psychological interpretation of the eloquent but ill-fated champion of Athenian liberty against Macedonian dominance.


  • Title: Portrait of the Greek Orator Demosthenes
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Date: 1st century BCE - 2nd century CE
  • Technique: Cast, lost-wax process
  • Physical Dimensions: w8.0 x h23.2 x d7.0 cm
  • Period: Roman Imperial period
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John W. Straus in honor of David Mitten
  • Creation Place: Europe/Ancient & Byzantine World
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Leaded bronze

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