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Herm of the tragic author Sophocles
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Herm of the tragic author Sophocles

Ca. 150. White marble. Not on display

Sophocles (497/6-406/5 b.c.e.) was already famous during his lifetime as his tragedies triumphed at the Dionysian Feasts in Athens more frequently than any others. He is represented with a thin cord around his head, which indicates that, as a priest of the local gods of health, Amynus and Halon, in the year 420/19, he took care of health god Asclepius of Epidaurus, probably at the sanctuary of Amynus, until that new god obtained his own sanctuary in Athens. That is why, after his death, Sophocles was worshipped in Athens as Heros Dexion, that is, he who cares for (the god). It has recently been hypothesized that this portrait of Sophocles is the statue that, according to ancient literature, was erected by his son, Iophon, shortly after his death. The head in Madrid is a fine work and a faithful likeness, but it has lost its original surface. It was probably sculpted in the mid second century, A.D.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 1993, p.49-51

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Inventory number
E000102
Author
Anonymous
Title
Herm of the tragic author Sophocles
Date
Ca. 150
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
White marble
Dimension
Height: 57.5 cm.; Width: 34.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 28 cm.; Weight: 73.35 Kg.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Camillo Massimo, Roma, 1678; Collection of marqués del Carpio, 1686)

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 111.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la Escultura, Imprenta y fototipia de J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 89, n.102.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Madrid, 1908, pp. 89.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 85.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 75.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº102.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 49-51.

El Cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998, pp. nº49.

Bajo el signo de Fortuna: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 86.

Las criaturas de Prometeo: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 2000, pp. 82.

Mitologia i creació :el poeta i els seus déus a l' Antiguita..., Fundació '' La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2005.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 452.
452. Una cabeza de marmol de Carrara que representa un filosofo antiguo. / Alto 2 pies, 1 pulg.

Exhibitions +

El poeta y sus dioses. La mitología de la inspiración creadora
Lérida
09.05.2006 - 23.07.2006

El poeta y sus dioses. La mitología de la inspiración creadora
Gerona
14.02.2006 - 17.04.2006

Las criaturas de Prometeo. Bajo el signo de la Fortuna. Esculturas antiguas del Museo del Prado
Santander
17.03.2000 - 23.04.2000

Bajo el signo de la fortuna. Esculturas antiguas del Museo del Prado
Salamanca
26.04.1999 - 23.05.1999

El cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado
Madrid
19.10.1998 - 03.01.1999

Update date: 14-01-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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