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.