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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Creator Name: Skopas
Creator Qualifier: after
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Mediterranean
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Greek; fl. 4th cen. B.C. Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Active Place: Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Skopas
Creator Dates/Places: Ancient Greece Early Western World,Ancient Mediterranean,Ancient
Creator Name-CRT: Greek
Title: Statue of Meleager
Title Type: preferred
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: -5
Creation End Date: -4
Creation Date: Roman Period of Greece, c. 50 B.C.
Creation Place: Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.: 173 cm (68-5/16 in.); Max. w.: 73.7 cm (29 in.); Max. depth: 55.2 cm (21-3/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1972.935
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Davidson
Subject Description: Meleager was a young hunter who led a band of men and his beloved Atalanta against a great wild boar that was ravaging the countryside of Calydon. Meleager killed the beast, but a quarrel over the spoils ensued and the youthful hero killed his mother's brothers. His mother, Althaea, proceeded to engineer her son's death by burning a branch that had been his means to immortality. This statue is an impressive, early copy of an original attributed to the sculptor Skopas that belongs to the decade before the middle of the fourth century B.C. The original was probably made in hollow-cast bronze.
Context: Roman copy of a fourth-century B.C. Greek original attributed to Skopas. During the second and first centuries B.C. the Romans conquered the cities and kingdoms that made up the Greek world; however, they promptly turned to Greece for much of their artistic inspiration. Educated Romans spoke Greek, studied with Greek scholars in Athens and Ionia, and copied Greek styles in writing, speaking, architecture, painting, and sculpture. They removed original art from the Greek world to decorate their privateand public buildings, and when demand outstripped supply, they commissioned copies of Greek originals. Sculptures with mythological references were sought because they bespoke educated and cultured Roman patrons who placed sculpture in their gardens, baths, and living rooms according to the meanings they wanted to convey.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1972.935
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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