|IMPORTANT ROMAN BRONZE STATUE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT AS A DIOSCUROS
holding a lance, pilos helmet on his head, he stands in contrapposto with his weight on his left leg, his left hand on his hip,
and his right knee slightly bent. With his raised right arm he holds the lance, a portion of which still remains.
Earlier 2nd Century AD
H. 16 in. (40.5 cm.)
Ex Belgian collection; Brussels art market, July 2005; Dr. H. collection, Germany, acquired from Royal-Athena in January 2006.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XVII, 2006, no. 43.
A superb work of art in exceptional condition. A powerful and evocative example based upon the masterpiece by Lysippos. After his death Alexander was often associated with the Dioskuroi, mortals who became divine, and were regarded as the saviors and benefactors of the people. From ancient literature we know of a painting by Apelles representing Alexander between the Dioskuroi. This and another painting by Apelles were brought to Rome by Augustus who set them in facing walls of the Aula del Colosso, a square room at the end of the long northwestern lateral portico of the Forum Augustum, next to the Temple of Mars. This would associate Augustus with Alexander and also infer his divinity and underscore his benevolence as Pater Patriae.
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