Marsyas in the garden?: Small-scale sculptures referring to the Marsyas in the forum
2010 (English)In: Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, ISSN 2000-0898, Vol. 3, 163-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
While studying a small-scale sculpture in the collections of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, I noticed that it belongs to a previously unrecognized sculpture type. The type depicts a paunchy, bearded satyr who stands with one arm raised. To my knowledge, four replicas exist. By means of stylistic comparison, they can be dated to the late second to early third centuries AD. Due to their scale and rendering they are likely to have been freestanding decorative elements in Roman villas or gardens.
The iconography of the satyrs of the type discussed is closely related to that of a group of fountain figures. These fountain figures are believed to refer to a motif well known in Roman times: the Marsyas in the forum. In this article I argue that the satyrs of the type discussed refer as well to this once famous depiction of Marsyas.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 3, 163-178 p.
Kopienkritik, Copy criticism, Roman visual culture, Roman ideal sculpture, Marsyas in the forum
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274654OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274654DiVA: diva2:900409