Apollo Sauroktonos («Lisard-killer»).

Roman copy after a bronze original ca. 360 BCE by Praxiteles.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Pius-Clementine Museum, Gallery of statues, 62
(Musei Vaticani, Museo Pio-Clementino, Galleria delle statue)

Description:
The Gallery of Statues contains, among other works, a Roman copy of a bronze by Praxiteles from around 360 BC, the Apollo Sauroktonos (“lizard-killer”). It is a fine depiction of the young god an instant before he kills, using a small arrow, a lizard resting on a tree trunk. This very high-quality copy well renders the vague sinuosity of Praxiteles’ works. The languid, almost voluptuous charm of the relaxed Apollo inculcates a terrible sense of dread for the impending cruel act. The profound and gloomy meditations of ancient art give way to light distraction, to a delicate but cruel game.
Credits:
© 2007. Photo, text: Pomella A. «Vatican Museums». Edizioni Musei Vaticani. P. 75, 77.
RUSSIAN

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