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The Ludovisi Gaul killing himself and his wife

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Title

The Ludovisi Gaul killing himself and his wife

Description

This artwork is currently located in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Altemps. The sculpture is [likely] from the 2nd century AD, but it is believed to be a Roman copy of a Greek original from the 1st century BC [if it is a copy - which is debated - the original would be earlier than that]. The statue portrays a man in the act of killing himself with a sword while holding the woman's arm. The male figure can be identified as a Gaul and more broadly as a barbarian because of his matted hair and mustache. This work explores the tragedy of suicide as the only possibility left for a victim to become a victor [or, to preserve honor, maybe].

Creator

Unknown

Source

Photo by Beatrice Giuli

Date

2nd century AD

Contributor

Beatrice Giuli

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Marble

Type

Sculpture

Geolocation