HEAD OF A DYING GIANT

Dimensions
205 x 40 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Iconography
Production place
Inventory
Ag.263
ID
Hyp-6389
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 364

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.