The original marble is itself a Roman copy of a Greek bronze statue commissioned between 230-220 BC by Attalos I of Pergamon, to honour his victory over the Galatians. The identity of the sculptor is unknown. This was the first time a sculpture of this kind had been seen on this scale - the original is 1.85m long.
It was rediscovered in the early 17th century during excavations for the Villa Ludovisi, and was first recorded in 1623 in the collections of the powerful Ludovisi family. It was looted by Napoleon in 1797 during his invasion of Italy and taken to Paris. It is currently on display in the Capitoline Museum, Rome. A number of reproductions exist, amongst them the one at the Courtauld Institute in London.
He is a perfect scaled-down version of our larger piece in this marble collection and is exclusive to It's All Greek. The black finish is achieved by placing a basalt colour into the mix prior to casting, rather than a superficial layer of 'paint'. He is also available in natural white.
|dimensions etc||Length: 27cm Height: 15cm Depth: 15cm|
marble sculpture - the Dying Gaul
- Code: SA-108
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £83.33