The Apollo Belvedere is a Hellenistic or a Roman copy of a lost bronze original, made between 350 and 325 BC by the sculptor Leochares. This is a head detail from the full sculpture which is now in the Vatican Museum in Rome after being re-discovered in the late 15th century.
Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis. He is the god of truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music and poetry.
Leochares depicted the god at the point where he has overtaken the monstrous Python which had been ravaging the site of Delphi. After his triumph, Apollo designated Delphi as his 'headquarters': it became a full pan-Hellenic sanctuary and oracular centre where the god's priestess, the Pythia, would deliver the Apollo's prophecies.
Shown here with the matching bust of Artemis/Diana.
The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculptures in this collection - made in the UK - are created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble.
The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - should the sculptures be placed outdoors.
|dimensions||Height: 53cm, Width: 36cm (across shoulders), Depth: 19cm|
marble Apollo Belvedere (SPECIAL ORDER ITEM)
- Code: SA-011
- Status: email for timescale
- excl tax: £237.50