c19th 'grand tour' souvenir bronze after the antique' discobolus

C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze , after the antique' , "Discobolus"



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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze , after the antique , "Discobolus ". Smart bronze reduction of the iconic marble original of the Greek athlete poised to hurl the discus. Well-cast copy with fine detail showing the defined musculature and concentration of the subject.
The Discobolus of Myron is a Greek sculpture c .450 BC, the original is lost but is known through numerous Roman copies in both marble and bronze. The first to be discovered was the marble " Palombara Discobolus" , the second notable discovery was made at Hadrians Villa and excavated in 1790. This version was purchased by the English art dealer and antiquary in Rome , Thomas Jenkins , at public auction in 1792. (Another example also found at Tivoli at this date was acquired by the Vatican Museums. ) The English art connoisseur and collector , Charles Townley paid Jenkins 400 for the statue in 1794 and brought it to London. In 1805 it was bought for the British Museum together with the remainder of Townley's marbles , where it remains on exhibition.
Good consistent patination ,with no damage.
H 16"
Dia (base) 6"
Italy or France c.1870
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Internal Ref: ML1510

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