Statue of Apollo

59.148.13

About this object

Statue, restored as Apollo with lyre. The head in ancient but did not belong to the statue and has had extensive restorations. There are also restorations in the support of lyre as well as the tree trunk with the snake below it. Tips of curls remaining on the upper back indicate that the youth wore long hair. The youth has a hipshot pose, a soft effeminate body and long hair and could be either an Apollo or a Bacchus. A similar statue is illustrated in Monumenta Mattheiana and if it is the same statue it is possible that the restorer replaced the simple pedestal support with the present tree and lyre. The head is ancient but did not belong to the statue and may be entirely modern, it is also too small for the body. There is no explanation for the three small metal pins in a row above the pubis. The surface is very smooth and has been overworked to blend the various components together.

The statue was formerly in the Mattei collection

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD mid
  • 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
    1625.5 mm x 685.8 mm x 329 kg
  • Note
    Bartman's comments: in describing the statue Blundell imitated Winckelmann's vocabulary and demonstrated his Grand Tour background by referring to the Apollo Belvedere.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, 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:

  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description: This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grant Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the preeminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell has strong competition from other collectors, British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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