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The Muse Polyhymnia
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The Muse Polyhymnia

150 - 175. White marble.
Room 072

The upper part is a Roman copy of a late Hellenistic original (100-50 B. C.). It shows Polyhymnia, the muse of sacred poetry and dance, placing her cloak over her left shoulder. Another copy in the Vatican shows her wearing a crown of large flowers as her only attribute. The lower part (E00218) is an addition from the seventeenth century, perhaps made in Bernini’s workshop.


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Fragmento de figura femenina
White marble, XVII century
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Roman Sculptor
The Muse Polyhymnia
150 - 175
White marble
Height: 68 cm; Width: 51 cm; Base/bottom: 33 cm
Colección Cristina de Suecia
Collection of Queen Christina of Sweden; Collection of Livio Odescalchi; Royal Collection (Felipe V's collection, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia)

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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. 62.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 91, n.106.

Reinach, Salomon, Repertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine., IV, Ernest Leroux, París, 1910, pp. 425.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 68.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las esculturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1949, pp. 87.

Blanco, Antonio, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1957, pp. 76.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº106.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 100.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 281-284.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2011, pp. 54,77 / 178-179.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 95.
95. Torso de la musa Polimnia. / Alto 2 pies, 6 pulgs.

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Room 072 (On Display)

Update date: 11-11-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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