Funeral and honorific statue of Marcellus, represented as Hermes.

Greek marble. Ca. 20 BCE.
Height 1.80 m.
Inv. No. MR 315 (Ma 1207).

Paris, Louvre Museum

Origin:
By 1649 the statue was placed in the gardens of the Villa of Sixtus V on the Esquilin (subsequently Montalto Negroni’s palace); in 1685 it was bought by Louis XIV from prince Savello with Poussin’s mediation as а statue of Germanicus; it was restored by Girardon and placed in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. In 1802 it was transferred by Napoleon to the Louvre. [The museum label (2008) contains mistakes; sources on the origin see below (Sources). — Site Editor’s note.]
Description:
Italiano Il est ici représenté en Hermès orateur, selon un type de la statuaire grecque dont l’original avait été élevé pour les héros morts à la bataille de Coronée (447 avant J.-C.). La statue du Louvre est signée d’un sculpteur grec, Cléoménès l’Athénien. Sans doute est-ce une commande d’Auguste lui-même.
Credits:
© 2008. Photo: S. Sosnovskiy.
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
Origin: 1) the official Museum site; 2) Giroire C., Roger D. Roman Art from the Louvre. Hudson Hills Press, Hudson, 2007, p. 28.
RUSSIAN

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Keywords: funeral honorific posthumous statue Greek marble Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii Marcus Claudius Marcellus Marco Claudio Marcello Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii statue sculptor Cleomenes of Athens Cleomenes the Athenian Hermes Mercury Mercurius Psychopompos Inv No MR 315 Ma 1207
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