Tuesday, March 26, 2013
"Some Greco-Roman Pieces from the Met and..."

I've been continuing digging in old photo folders, finding all sorts of lovely things!

Basalt statue of Aphrodite
(Adaptation of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C. known as the Medici Aphrodite)
Imperial Roman, late 1st–early 2nd century A.D.
Basalt Stone Sculpture, H. 42.16 cm. Fletcher Fund, 1928
Met Museum #28.57.6

I look at this statue and am reminded of Maillol, who no doubt saw similar statues:

Torso of Summer (Bronze) 1911
Aristide Maillol (French) 1861-1944
Gift of Fran and Ray Stark
Getty Museum #2005.113.3

The geometric pattern in this piece amuses me:

Mosaic floor panel ("Antioch Mosaic")
Imperial Roman, Late Antonine, 2nd century C.E.
Stone, tile, and glass
Dimensions: H. 89 in. (226.1 cm); width 99 in. (251.5 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Met Museum 38.11.12
Excavated from a villa at Daphne near Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey), the metropolis of Roman Syria
"American excavations at Daphne in the late 1930s uncovered the remains of several well-appointed houses and villas, including the one that contained this mosaic."

Marble portrait bust of the co-emperor Lucius Verus
Roman, Antonine period, C.E. 161-169
Lent by the Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaine (L.2007.26)

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