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The Dance of the Maenads
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The Dance of the Maenads

120 - 140. White marble, 139 x 76 cm.

The four reliefs of Bacchantes (E00042, E00043, E00045 y E00046) are Roman copies of Greek originals made in Athens in the late fifth-century B.C. to adorn a monument to Dionysius, or related with theatrical activity under his patronage. The reliefs show Dionysus’s followers who, on account of their unrestrained dance, were called Maenads. Wearing almost transparent dresses and their jewels, they might represent women who took part in rites under the appearance of mythical Maenads. Copied many times on marble plaques and vessels, the original reliefs are traditionally attributed to Callimachus (ca. 410-400 B.C.), whom Vitruvius credits with the invention of the Corinthian capital. This sculptor was famous for his works´ perfect finishes.

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The Dance of the Maenads
White marble, 120 - 140
The Dance of the Maenads
White marble, 120 - 140
The Dance of the Maenads
White marble, 120 - 140
Inventory number
E00042
Author
Taller romano
Title
The Dance of the Maenads
Date
120 - 140
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
White marble
Dimension
High/Height: 139 cm.; Width: 76 cm.; Base/bottom: 13 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Madrid, Alcázar, Col. Carlos III).

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Ponz, Antonio, Viage de España. Vol. I, VI, Joachin Ibarra, Madrid, 1776.

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 143.

Sentenach y Cabañas, Narciso, Modernismo clásico, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 12, 1904, pp. 16.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 53-54, n.42.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 107.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las esculturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1949, pp. 86.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, [s.n], Madrid, 1957, pp. 42.

García Bellido, Antonio, Arte romano, Consejo Superior de Investigacion, Madrid, 1972, pp. 123.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº42.

Stewart, Andrew, Greek Sculpture. An Exploration. Vol. I : Text, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1990, pp. 271-272.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica : guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 58.

Bajo el signo de Fortuna: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 36.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 89-97.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Enciclopedia del Museo del Prado, II, T.F. Editores: Fundación Amigos, Madrid, 2006, pp. 592-593.

Other inventories +

Inv. Carlos III, 1789-1790. Núm. 814.
814 Quatro tablas etruscas, su tamaño cinco pies y medio: represen- / ta una Vacante bailando: Su valor cincuenta mil reales cada una, / que hacen todas 200.000 (pág. 84)

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 14.
14. bajo relieve de marmol de Carrara que representa una bacante. / Alto 5 pies; ancho 2 pies, 10 pulg.

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 15.
15. Otro bajo relieve igual al anterior

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 317.
317. Un bajo relieve de marmol de carrara compa / ñero á los nº 14 y 15.

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 318.
318. Otro id. id. compañero al nº anterior

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Room 072 (On Display)

Update date: 21-04-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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