Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pre Christian Roman Sculptures

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has an impressive collection of art from the five decades of the Roman era. As you walk through the halls you are amazed by the collection. Here are a few treasures from the first, second and third century BC. Some are historic figures, others identity are lost in time.

As this marble bust of a Roman lady. The only thing we know is that it dates to the 1st century BC. What strikes you is that this depicts a real person, that most definitely would have approved of the masters work.

The tragic poet Euripides (270 BC)

This bust of Euripides (Εὐριπίδης) is a copy of a Greek original from the 4th century BC. It was made around 270 BC, during the early part of the Roman empire. Euripides (480-460 BC) was one of three great Greek Tragic poets.

The Poet Homer (2nd Century BC)

Whereas Euripides is a historic person, much less is known on Homer, the poet that is supposed to have written the classic works the Illiad and the Odessey. The ancient Greeks believed Homer to be a historic persons. Modern science believes that the important classic works were the result of an oral Greek tradition created by many artists.

The doubt of Homers identity describes why this bust is described as a Fantasy Portrait of the Epic Poet Homer. It is as the bust of Euripides a copy of a previous Greek work and it dates back to the 2nd century BC.

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