Statue of Athena 'Velletri type'

Statua di Atena 'tipo Velletri'
Author: 
Type: 
Sculpture
Year: 
From an original of the Vth century BC
Material and technique: 
Marble
Origin: 
Rome, presso Piazza Sciarra (1887)
Inventory: 
MC1902
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Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Sala Macchine - Copie da originali greci

A series of sculptures with various provenances bears witness to two phenomena very wide-spread in Ancient Rome: the habit of collecting antiques and the diffusion of Greek models through copies of the original sculpture.
Next to faithful copies of the most famous originals of Greek art, obtained using moulds and instruments of precise measurement, works which are rather re-elaborations of the models, made to suit the tastes of the Roman purchasers and the cultural climate of the era.