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Herm

First half of the I century. White marble

Roman copy of a herm dating from between 425 and 420 B. C. It was the tyrant Hipparchus of Athens who ordered the construction, circa 520 B. C. of the first hermae of this type, milestones topped with the head of Hermes as the divine protector of roads and as a symbol of fertility. Even in the Classical period, the effigies of hermae usually preserve the beards and heads of hair proper to the Archaic period. The bust and Greek inscription are modern.

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Inventory number
E000055
Author
Roman Sculptor
Title
Herm
Date
First half of the I century
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
White marble
Dimension
Height: 52 cm.; Width: 29.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 23 cm.; Weight: 58.4 Kg.
Provenance
José Nicolás de Azara Collection; Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 108.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la Escultura, Imprenta y fototipia de J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 61, n.55.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1908, pp. 61.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 76.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las esculturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1949, pp. 81.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 50.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº55.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica : guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 73.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 54-56.

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].

González Mozo, A, 'La imagen pintada' En:, In lapide depictum. Pintura italiana sobre piedra, 1530-1555, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2018, pp. 103-135 [116 f.89].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 399.
399. Una cabeza de marmol de Carrara que representa a Baco. / Alto 1 pie, 10 pulg, 6 lin.

Exhibitions +

Pintura italiana del Renacimiento sobre piedra (1530-1555)
Madrid
17.04.2018 - 05.10.2018

In Lapide Depictum
Madrid
17.04.2018 - 05.08.2018

Update date: 27-09-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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