Heroic Torso
Heroic Torso

Heroic Torso

Unknown

Currently on View in K312.p5
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The colossal size and idealized musculature of this torso indicates that it represents a god or hero, possibly Herakles. Intended for frontal viewing, it was likely placed in a niche in a heroon, a temple for the worship of heroes, or it may have decorated a temple pediment, since the back is unfinished and shows signs of being attached to a larger structure. The highly polished surface, stained with olive oil, indicates that a plaster cast was taken from it, possibly in the early 20th century.

Former collections:

Spink and Sons, London

Robert Hecht, Jr., Rome

The Connaught Gallery, London

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fortune, Indianapolis (by purchase, 1970)

Greek Art

The colossal size and idealized musculature of this torso indicates that it represents a god or hero, possibly Herakles. Intended for frontal viewing, it was likely placed in a niche in a heroon, a temple for the worship of heroes, or it may have decorated a temple pediment, since the back is unfinished and shows signs of being attached to a larger structure. The highly polished surface, stained with olive oil, indicates that a plaster cast was taken from it, possibly in the early 20th century.

Spink and Sons, London
Robert Hecht, Jr. (by purchase)
Spink and Sons, London; Tu Connaught Gallery, London (acquired 1970)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Fortune, Indianapolis (by purchase, 1970).

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
Greek
creation date
1st century B.C.
materials
marble
dimensions
19 x 25 x 16 in.
accession number
2004.89
credit line
Bequest of Elizabeth Gilbert Fortune in memory of her late husband Robert Patrick O'Riley Fortune
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Ancient Art of the Mediterranean
colors

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