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The Ludovisi Gaul (Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife)

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This sculpture dates to 2nd century AD Rome, and it depicts a gaul killing himself and his wife. It is a copy of the 3rd century BC hellenistic statue of the Pergamon victory over the Gauls.

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

A sarcophagus is a box-like coffin most typically used for important figures such as military leaders and rulers. The Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus depicts a battle between Romans and barbarians. The half-naked barbarians are depicted with shaggy hair, beards, and trousers while the Romans are clean-shaven and wearing togas. This specific Sarcophagus…

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife is a statue in the Palazzo Altemps acquired by the Ludovisi in the early 17th century. It is a heroic depictions of the Gauls, showing them in Roman idealized styles of honor. The man is shown as nude, which in Roman terms is meant to embody his valor. He does not wear the demeaning trousers as barbarians…

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

The frieze on the Ludovisi sarcophagus depicts a battle between Roman soldiers and barbarians. Because it is a sarcophagus celebrating the life of a fallen general, the Romans are shown as triumphant through their higher poses in the frieze and the barbarians' anguished expressions. The barbarians are also demeaned through their traditional garb of…

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…

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

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This marble sarcophagus was found in 1621 in a tomb near the Porta Tiburtino and is named after its first modern owner, Ludovico Ludovisi. Currently, the sarcophagus is displayed in the Palazzo Altemps of the Museo Nazionale di Roma.

The sarcophagus depicts battle scenes carved in high relief on its front and two shorter sides. It is an example…

Ludovisi Gaul Committing Suicide (or "Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife" or "The Galatian Suicide")

This marble sculpture group of a Gaul killing himself and his wife is a Roman copy of a Greek original. It is currently in the great Salone of the Palazzo Altemps (Museo Nazionale di Roma) in the Piazza di Sant'Apollinare. It depicts a nude man who has just killed his wife and is about to stab himself. His facial hair and broad nose indicate that…

Apollo Kitharoidos

Marble statue of the Greek and Roman god Apollo, seated and holding a lyre. Current location is the Ludovisi Collection museum at the Palazzo Altemps.