HEAD OF A DYING GIANT
This head is the fragment of a statue depicting a young giant. Based on its violent movement, it probably belonged to a sculptural group representing the gigantomachia, the battle of gods and giants. The upward gaze suggests that the giant has already fallen. The hair is combed back at the forehead, one of the motifs that led to the identification of the head as a portrait of the legendary Macedonian king, Alexander III (Alexander the Great, 336—323 BC) in the Renaissance period. At that time, there was a desire to recognise the great personalities of antiquity in art, but nothing supports this identification.