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Zeus Brontajos; Roman copy after the Hellenistic combination of models from the 5th and the 4th c. BC; Roman school

Unkown2nd c. AD

The National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

The statue was purchased in 1785 or 1786 in Rome for the Lancut collection. Only the torso with fragments of legs and arms is original. The remaining parts; including the eagle; were added in modern times. The prototype for the statue was the sculpture of standing Zeus. The posture and body position seem to point at Polykleitos; although the proportions are closer to the ones applied in the 4th century BC. A great similarity to the type common in the 4th century BC is the statue's head; especially when compared to the known representations of Asclepius. It can be thus concluded that the immediate prototype for the showcased copy - dated to the Hadrian period (2nd century AD) - was an Hellenistic imitation combining the 5th and 4th century BC types.

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  • Title: Zeus Brontajos; Roman copy after the Hellenistic combination of models from the 5th and the 4th c. BC; Roman school
  • Creator: Unkown
  • Date: 2nd c. AD
  • Location Created: Rome
  • Provenance: On loan from the Lancut Castle Museum since 1952
  • Inv. no.: 140341 NMW
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: marble

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