Unknown artist (Roman)

Roman torso of a naked youth

Roman torso of a naked youth by Unknown artist
Roman torso of a naked youth by Unknown artist

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This classical torso, thought to have been carved some time between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, may be a variant of either of two famous Roman sculptures - the Belvedere Antinous (also variously identified as Hercules, Meleager, Mercury, Milo or Theseus), first recorded in 1543 when it was acquired for the Belvedere Gardens in Rome or the figure of Pompey now in Palazzo Spada, which again is also sometimes identified as Augustus, Julius Caesar, Domitian or Trajan. Neither of these figures is exactly the same as the work on loan to Auckland Art Gallery, which has the right arm slightly raised, as it it might originally held a weapon of some sort.

Roman torso of a naked youth
Production date
circa 1st century-circa 2nd century
580 x 240 x 170 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
On display

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