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.

dimensions etc Height: 30cm Length: 50cm Depth: 27cm. He weighs 15kg.
material The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculpture in this collection - made in the UK - is created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble. He is suitable for placing outdoors.
country of origin Made in the UK.

marble Dying Gaul

  • Code: SA-073
  • Status: email for timescale
  • £300.00

  • excl tax: £250.00