An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer
An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer

An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer

1800 to 1900 Marble

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An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer Marked to Reverse ‘Franco Franchi Copio in Carrara’ with ‘Omero’ to Shoulder
After the Ancient Roman Version of a Lost Hellenistic original of 2nd Century BC Found Near Baiae in 1780 and bought from Sir William Hamilton for £80 by Charles Townley now in the British Museum (18050703.85)
Early 19th Century

Size: 67.5cm high - 26½ ins high
The ancient Hellenistic portrait bust of the famous poet and author of the Iliad and the Odyssey is an invented image. This sculpture follows the well known antique model described by Pliny the Elder as having been invented for the library of the Attalid Kings of Pergamon in the 2nd century BC. His unruly hair and knitted brow suggest the intensity of the sage as he stares blindly into the distance visualising the events of his epic poems unfolding. The treatment of his eyes and his transfixed gaze reflect the classical tradition of the blind bard. Different ancient Roman versions exist of this model with one famous bust in the Louvre ‘Homer Caetani’ purchased by Pope Clement XII in 1733 and taken back to Paris by Napoleon in 1797.
Many of the grand tour collectors of ancient art in the late 18th and early 19th century preferred to show their interest in antiquity by displaying replicas of busts and statues rather than ancient originals. Fine copies were not only undamaged, but also demonstrated their knowledge of the antique marbles, and could easily be assimilated into rooms whose architectural detail was also directly copied from ancient originals.
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