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Young orator

First quarter of the I century. White marble. Room 074

This Roman copy of a late Hellenistic eclectic sculpture (c. 100 B. C.) is based on several models: the body on the Narcissus of the School of Polyclitus (c. 400 B. C.) and the head on that of the Ares Ludovisi (c. 325 B. C.), with the addition of a herm with a cloak from the late Hellenistic period. Restored with a parchment in the left hand, this sculpture of a youth received the name of “young orator from the school of Plato” in Spanish royal inventories.


Technical data

Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
Young orator
First quarter of the I century
White marble
Height: 177 cm.; Width: 78 cm.; Base/bottom: 40 cm.; Weight: 362.2 Kg.
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hubner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 72.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 51, n.39.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 48.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, por A. Blanco, Madrid, 1957, pp. 40.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981.

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 38.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 248-252.

Other inventories +

Inv. Carlos III, 1789-1790. Núm. 772.
772 Un Antinoo del mismo tamaño en 120.000

Inv. José I, Palacio Real, 1811. Núm. 177.
Estatua en pie de Marmol de un joven con un manojo de papel en la mano.

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 61.
61. Estatua que representa á un joven orador de la escuela de Plutón, de mármol de Carrara. / Alto 6 pies, 4 pulgs,''

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth


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Location +

Room 074 (On Display)

Update date: 28-08-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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