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Bust of Minerva
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Bust - manly portrait
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Euthymides - Psykter di Euthymides
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Plate decorated with ribbons and nets
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Canteen bowl
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Ingot Blade Kit
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Landscape relief known as of Polyphemus and Galatea
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Colombine ointment
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Signpost
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Fibulae with disc bracket
Bust of Minerva
Bust - manly portrait
Euthymides - Psykter di Euthymides
Plate decorated with ribbons and nets
Canteen bowl
Ingot Blade Kit
Landscape relief known as of Polyphemus and Galatea
Colombine ointment
Signpost
Fibulae with disc bracket

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Description

The bust is the result of the reworking and union of ancient elements from the Roman Republican age (head) in the Renaissance period (bust and helmet). The original sculpture must have belonged to an acrolith, that is a particular type of statue, mainly religious, with the head and limbs in marble fixed to a wooden scaffolding covered with fabric or metal sheets. On the basis of particular technical characteristics and precise stylistic aspects, in which the classicist imprint is influenced by the developments of Hellenistic art, it is possible to hypothesize that the bust was made in one of the workshops of Athenian sculptors who worked for the wealthy classes in Rome. of republican age. The Renaissance additions, on the other hand, were made with extreme skill by reworking ancient parts of other statues in Greek marbles, probably by Tommaso Della Porta the Elder, who already Giorgio Vasari, architect and art historian of Renaissance Florence, considered the most talented "imitator of ancient things ". The bust arrived in the Savoy collections very early, between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and was placed, as a representation of the goddess of wisdom and the arts, in a dominant position in the Grand Gallery of the Doge's Palace in Turin: here the Duke Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy had in fact collected its rich library and its precious collection of art and antiquities.

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