|ROMAN LARGE MARBLE NUDE APOLLO KITHAROIDOS
The youthful god, patron of music and poetry, standing in contrapposto, his centrally parted hair bound with a thick wreath,
its long tendrils falling on his shoulders. At his left, on a thigh-high column or altar stands his kithara, created for him by Hermes. This sculpture is based upon the 2nd century BC statue of Apollo from his Temple at Cyrene, now in the British Museum. It is rare to find so large and relatively complete a statue with no restorations. A powerful work from antiquity!
H. 46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm.)
Late 1st-early 2nd Century AD
Ex Zurich art market, 1992; Christie’s New York, June 2000; M.B. collection, Woodland Hills, California, acquired from Royal-Athena in October 2002; Dr. H. collection, Germany, acquired from Royal-Athena in March 2007.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XII, 2001, no. 13; vol. XVII, 2006, no. 21.