Statue of a Woman

59.148.52

About this object

Portrait of a woman restored on an ancient statue. The head does not belong to the body. The hair is parted in the middle and combed straight across the head before falling into 6 crimped waves. At the back of the hair there are four separate plaits and pinned up together at the back to form a bun ( of the type called Scheitelzopf ) covering most of the hair. There are small wispy curls around the hairline and they continue in longer locks around the ears and behind the ears on the neck. She has a high and rounded forehead, long but flat cheeks and a small mouth with thin parted lips. The body is clad in a chiton with a high belt and large mantle and is a Roman version of probably a Hellenistic type. The small sphere she is holding and the stylus are restorations characterizing her as the Muse Urania but they are unjustifiable. Urania was the muse of astronomy and was really popular in Renaissance as well as 18th restorations of ancient sculptures. The statue has several restorations, including to the hair, arms, eyes, cheeks and chin.

This statue was believed to have been found in Hadrian's Villa and bought from the Villa d'Este through the Mattei Collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    210 AD - 238 AD
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    1789
  • Measurements
    2050 mm; 80 11/16 in
  • Note
    Displayed in the Pantheon. Fittschen: comparison of the Ince portrait with the Capitoline portrairure and both considered to be replicas. Ashmole: dated in 3rd century AD compared with Braccio Nuovo 43 in Vatican Museum. Fejfer noted that the potraits do not correspond to any Severan types of portraits from coins.
    Restorations as Urania: compare with Fortuna statue in Museo Pio Clementino acquired from the Velletri collection in 1774. Staute of the Muse Calliope in Stockholm also from the Villa D' Este.
  • Related people
    `Pacetti, Vincenzo (Previous owner); Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Francesco d'Este (Previous owner); Ippolito d'Este (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis: Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D

    Author: Vermeule, C; von Bothmer, D
    Publisher:
    Date: 1959-04
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture. Volume I - the Portraits. Part 1: The Female Portraits

    Fejfer, Jane; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Fejfer, Jane; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: HMSO
    Date: 1991
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francesco d'Este

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • `Pacetti, Vincenzo

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ippolito d'Este

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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