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Greek Intellectual
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Greek Intellectual

150 - 160. White marble.
Not on display

The Roman portrait from the era of the Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161 A. D.), with its meticulous curly hairstyle, recalls the much earlier appearance of Greek poets and philosophers. Greek teachers, who were conveyors of science and Greek knowledge, enjoyed great esteem among the Roman high class. The cultivated Emperor Marcus Aurelius admired Greek culture and wrote aphorisms in Greek. This man could be one of the conceited teachers of rhetoric at whom Lucian of Samosata used to scoff.

Technical data

Inventory number
Greek Intellectual
150 - 160
White marble
Height: 50 cm; Width: 33 cm; Base/bottom: 23 cm; Weight: 39.2 Kg
Colección José Nicolás de Azara
Collection of José Nicolás de Azara, who gave to Carlos IV; Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Castellanos de Losada, B.S., Historia de la vida de J. N. de Azara, marqués de Nibbiano, Madrid, 1849, pp. 231.

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 129.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 110, n.134.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 94.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 141.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº134.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 200-202.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, 'Winckelmann, Mengs y las colecciones escultóricas de Azara.' En:, El legado de Johann Joachim Winckelmann en España. Actas congreso internacional 20-21 Oct.2011, 2014, pp. 121-136 [131].

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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