Statue of Demosthenes
Roman copy of a Greek original from 280 BCE.
Inv. No. 2782.Copenhagen, New Carlsberg GlyptotekPhoto by Sergey Sosnovskiy

Statue of Demosthenes.

Roman copy of a Greek original from 280 BCE.
Inv. No. 2782.

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(København, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek).


33. Demosthenes

Demosthenes (384—322 B. C.) was an orator in Athens.

The bronze original was executed by the sculptor Polyeuktos. In the year 280 B. C., as a memorial to Demosthenes, it was placed at the market square in the near vicinity of the altar dedicated to the Twelve Gods. The statue has been described by Plutarch (30. 5 — 31. 1) and it has survived to the present day, both in copies of the entire statue (in the Vatican and in Brussels) and in almost fifty copies of the head.

Original: 280 B. C. Copy: 1st cent. A. D.

I. N. 2782
Marble. H. 2.02 m. Without plinth, height 1.92 m.

The nose, all of the toes on the left and two of the toes on the right foot, as well as the back of the neck are newly engrafted sections. The hands, now holding a scroll, have been restored in marble.

The statue is said to have been discovered in Campania. Prior to 1770, it stood in the Palazzo Columbrano (once known as Caraffa, later as Santangelo) in Naples. Through the mediation of Thomas Jenkins, the statue was subsequently relocated to Knole Park in Kent, England. In 1929, it was purchased by the Glyptotek.

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(сс) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
2008. Text: museum label.
© 1992. Description: F. Johansen. Greek portraits: catalogue. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1992. P. 84, cat. no. 33.
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