Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Treasures from the Roman period at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The collection from the Roman period at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is extremely impressive. In fact, it is hard to digest it all, as you pass through numerous halls filled up with sculptures, sarcofagi, memorial plaques and other artifacts from one of the richest cultures in the European history.

This is a typical example of the exhibitions at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Large rooms with overlight, painted in the most beautiful colours provides the most beautiful background for the countless treasures at Glyptoteket.

I will like to show you some of the remarkable artifacts you can find in the Roman Collection.

Statues of Athletes in a Palestra

This relief may date from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. It shows a palestra, a sporting arena, with a small shrine to Herakles, the greatest of the Greek heros, and son of Zeus. On each side you have a colonnade with statues of athletes, one of them bearing the palms of victory.

Knealing Barbarian

This impressive sculpture of a knealing barbarian is dated to 20 AD. It is made of Pavonazzetto marble from Asia Minor.

He is identified as a barbarian by the trousers and the Phrygian cap he wears. Phrygia was located in the Anatolian highlands in todays Turkey.

The statue used to be a part of a monument in Rome that celebrated the conquest of the East.

Wounded amazon

This is marble statue of an amazon, a representative of a ancient nation of female warriors at the edges of Scythia, by the northern shores of the Black Sea. It originates from Rome and can be dated to 150 AD.

The amazon has a bleeding sword cut under her right arm.

It is told that Greek artist once competed to make a sculpture of a wounded amazon for the Temple dedicated to Artemis in Ephesus.

Hermes - the Messenger of the Gods

This marble statue of Hermes once stood at Hadrians Villa, at Tivoli outside Rome. It dates from the 2nd Century AD.

Hermes, the Messenger of the Gods, ties his winged sandals as he raise his head and listens to the command of Zeus.

The statue is a copy of an older bronze statue made by Lysippos 300 BC. It was restored by Cavaceppi in the 18th Century.

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