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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Roman, after Greek
Title
Vatican Meleager
Image View Description:from three-quarters
Image View Type:overall
Work Type
casts (sculpture)
Date
ca. 1890-1900
2nd c. CE (Roman copy)
ca. 340-330 BCE (Greek original)
2009 (image)
Location
Warehouse
Creation Site:Esquiline or Janiculum Hills, Rome, Italy (discovery site, first half of the 16th c.) (original)
Material
plaster cast (sculpture)
marble sculpture in the round (original)
Measurements
70 (H) x 57 (W) cm
Description
This is a section from a damaged cast of the Vatican Meleager, a Roman marble copy of a statue attributed to the fourth century sculptor Skopas of Paros. In the original, Meleager, represented as the victorious hunter, stands placing his weight on his right leg, looking to his left, and wearing a cloak around his neck that is fastened with a circular rosette brooch and that twists around his left arm and bellows out behind his forearm. His hair is curly and short and his expression is calm. He is flanked on his right by his hound and on his left by the disembodied head of the Calydonian Boar, which rests on a stump. Cornell's cast is preserved incompletely in a number of fragments. This record represents the moderately battered upper torso and head of the statue. The head and face of the statue are preserved decently, with some scratches and minor chips. The drapery is chipped along some of its folds. A large chip is missing from the right pectoral muscle, which extends up to the shoulder and down along the ribs. The figure's back is cracked. The torso ends above the waist at a join that has sustained some chipping and that is intended to fit with ID no. 253a, the hero's lower torso and upper thighs. The left arm is worked separately, but remains attached. The left hand is missing in the original. A section of windblown drapery at Meleager's left arm was cast separately and is detached but preserved (see ID no. 416). The very upper part of the right arm that was cast with this section is chipped away at the back. Several copies of this statue type are known. Its speculative attribution to Skopas is based on the sculptor's work as architect of and association with the temple of Athena Alea at Tegea. There, Pausanias reports (8.45-47), the temple's east pediment was decorated with sculptures representing Meleager and the Calydonian Boar hunt.
Repository
Cornell University (current)
Rome, Vatican Museums (Pio Clementino no. 490) (original)
Accession Number
Sage no. 115
253
Related Item
ID nos. 199, 253, 253a, 287, 287a, 289, 341, 416 belong together.
ID Number
CCC_0253
Source
Photographer:Alexandridis, Annetta
Legacy_Value
210 (H) cm (complete statue)
Bibliography
Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny, Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981), 263-264
Andrew Stewart, Greek Sculpture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990), 185, 286, fig. 549
John Boardman, Greek Sculpture. The Late Classical Period (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995), 76
Condition
Large section of statue, separately cast
left arm cast separately
right arm broken at join
back cracked
surface on right chest chipped off
surface scratches and chipping
dusty
Notes
Items in the Cornell Cast Collection are meant for inventory and reference purposes. Metadata may not be complete in all cases.
Rights
The images in the Cornell Collection of Antiquities: Casts are protected by copyright, and the copyright holders are their creators, generally Cornell University Library, Annetta Alexandridis, and Verity Platt. This collection of plaster casts owned by Cornell University was photographed by Cornell University Library, Alexandridis, Platt, and Andreya L. Mihaloew from 2010-2015, with funding from a Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences Grant to Annetta Alexandridis. Cornell is providing access to the materials for research and personal use.  The written permission of any copyright and other rights holders is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use that extends beyond what is authorized by fair use and other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. Please contact Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt for more information about this collection, or to request permission to use these images.
The images in the Cornell Collection of Antiquities: Casts are protected by copyright, and the copyright holders are their creators, generally Cornell University Library, Annetta Alexandridis, and Verity Platt. This collection of plaster casts owned by Cornell University was photographed by Cornell University Library, Alexandridis, Platt, and Andreya L. Mihaloew from 2010-2015, with funding from a Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences Grant to Annetta Alexandridis. Cornell is providing access to the materials for research and personal use.  The written permission of any copyright and other rights holders is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use that extends beyond what is authorized by fair use and other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. Please contact Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt for more information about this collection, or to request permission to use these images.
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File Properties
File Name
CCC_0253.tif
SSID
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