Statue of Apollon

Dimensions
height: 177 cm
Date
second half of the 2nd century A.D.
Inventory
60.40.A
ID
Hyp-4438
References
Matz–von Duhn 1881–1882, I, 48, no. 180; Hekler 1929, 174, no. 173; Szilágyi, J. Gy., Antik Gyűjtemény, 143; Szilágyi, J. Gy., Ancient Art, 163; Riccomini, in RIASA 59 (2004), fig. 2a

The torso of the statue imitates a famous Greek sculpture in bronze of the early Classical period, which is now lost (similarly to the models of the two other torsos here). The memory of this bronze statue is preserved in a number of Roman artworks, to which the Andrássy Apollo is linked through its proportions and gestures. Its head, however, is completely different, since this was reworked at the end of the 2nd century AD. The new head with its laurel wreath became much smaller, because there was not enough marble to model the forehead and the locks of hair. The ribbons of the wreath could only be carved from the chest. The god leans onto a tree trunk, the lower part of which depicts the usual attributes of Apollo, fragments of a quiver and a bow.

Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the statue was made of Parian (Paros-Chorodaki) or Aphrodisias marble. Click here for the detailed results.