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Mitra kills the bull
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Artemide Statue
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New artwork
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Athena
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Ara Grimani
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Poseidon Statue
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Portrait of Vitellio
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Child of Saturn Throne
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Child of Saturn Throne
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Relief with Cleobis and Biton
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Cube Statue
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Relief with war scene
Mitra kills the bull
Artemide Statue
New artwork
Athena
Ara Grimani
Poseidon Statue
Portrait of Vitellio
Child of Saturn Throne
Child of Saturn Throne
Relief with Cleobis and Biton
Cube Statue
Relief with war scene

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Description

This sculpture, which represents Kore - Persephone, is part of a group of Greek statuettes, dated between the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century BC, which constituted the most illustrious pieces of Giovanni Grimani's collection.

The goddess wears a thinly pleated robe and a cloak that falls from the left shoulder to wrap around her hips in soft drapery. The style of the light and elegant drapery has suggested to scholars that the anonymous author of this work was inspired by the art of Phidias. Some details are noteworthy: the small holes visible between the locks of the hair and the earlobes due to the presence of a metal diadem and earrings, now lost; the recomposed fracture on the neck with the original head and the absence of the forearms. The latter had been added, on the occasion of a Renaissance restoration to complete the fragmentary statue, together with a cornucopia from which flowers and fruit emerged. These additions, later removed in the 1920s, arose from an incorrect interpretation of the subject of the work: the female figure of the goddess Persephone was transformed into the Roman goddess of Abundance, perhaps taking inspiration from the images on Roman imperial coins. The misinterpretation has therefore given rise to the name with which, still today, we commonly refer to the statuette.


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