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Items tagged "Ludovisi Collection": 16

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

This marble statue from the 2nd century AD remains one of the most fascinating sculptures of a Barbarian in Roman art. A part of the Ludovisi collection in the Palazzo Altemps, the creator is unknown, but is likely to be a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture from an earlier time period [not likely, according to Marvin!]. This statue demonstrates a…

Ludovisi Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

Ancient statue depicting a barbarian man (presumably a Gaul) in the act of plunging a sword into his breast, looking backward defiantly while he supports the dying figure of a woman with his left arm. The sculpture now resides in the Museo Nazionale di Roma, Palazzo Altemps, in Rome.

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

Ancient Roman sarcophagus from a tomb near the Porta Tiburtina. Discovered in 1621 and named after its first modern owner, Ludovico Ludovisi, the sarcophagus is now displayed at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome, part of the National Museum of Rome. The general depicted has an X on his forehead, a symbol of a follower of the cult of Mithras.

Gaul Killing Himself and his Wife

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The sculpture of the Gaul killing himself and his wife shows the desperation to avoid Roman capture and defeat. The Gaul is looking over his shoulder (possibly to a Roman or another figure in battle) as he is plunging a sword into this chest. The Gaul is depicted committing suicide as his only escape from the Romans and to save his honor. The Gaul…

Dying Gaul

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The sculpture of the Dying Gaul depicts a defeated barbarian. He appears to be in a defeated position as he is grabbing his leg, hunched over and looking down. The man is shown naked with a wound on his chest sitting next to his sword. The man exemplifies barbarian characteristics including unruly hair, wearing a torque and mustache. The statue is…

The Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

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The Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus was created around 250-260 AD. The Sarcophagus depicts a battle between Romans and barbarians. The most notable figure is the protagonist in the center of the scene. The man is deliberately portrayed without wearing a helmet with an "X" on his forehead alluding to the Mithraic cult at the time. The sarcophagus also…

Dying Gaul

Originally apart of the Ludovisi Collection, the "Dying Gaul" is currently housed in the Capitoline Museum. The statue recycles a common Roman theme of a fatally wounded solider, resting on his shield, propped up by one arm as if trying to get up and continue fighting when in reality he is slowly dying. Highly emotional, the twisted, pained face of…

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus , or Grande Ludovisi Altemps

One of the sarcophagi kept in the Ludovisi collection, depicts a Roman battle against a group of barbarians. Typical of the 2nd century AD many of the standard depictions of barbarians, such as curly hair or non-roman dress.

"The Dying Gaul"

The renowned ancient marble carving of "The Dying Gaul", housed in the Capitoline Museum in Rome, was once a part of Ludovisi family's private art collection. According to Miranda Marvin, no one knew this masterpiece, as well as its "pair", "The Gaul Killing Himself and his Wife", existed prior to 1623 AD. Some hypothesize that the two marble…

Palazzo Altemps

The Palazzo Altemps, located near the Piazza Navona in Rome, is a 15th century palace repurposed as a museum. The museum's collection houses primarily Ancient Roman and Greek statues and busts, which were later renovated in the Renaissance period. The museum's exhibit is largely comprised of the Ludovisi family's collection of ancient art: the most…