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Patroclo e Menelao

Menelaus Supporting the Body of Patroclus

Antique Roman or Greek sculptor
1st century AD

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Marble sculpture titled 'Menelaus Supporting the Body of Patroclus' due to its apparent representation of an episode in the Iliad featuring the characters Menelaus and Patroclus. The sculpture has a complex artistic and social history that illustrates the degree to which improvisatory 'restorations' were made to fragments of ancient Roman sculpture during the 16th and 17th centuries, in which contemporary Italian sculptors made original and often arbitrary and destructive additions in an effort to replace lost fragments of the ancient sculptures.

The ancient nucleus of the sculpture, underneath the later additions, initially consisted of the headless torso of a man in armor supporting a heroically nude dying comrade; the group was made in the late 1st century AD, a Roman copy freely reproducing a Hellenistic Pergamene original of the mid-3rd century BC.


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