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    Sale 1209

    Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé

    23 - 25 February 2009, Paris

  • Lot 694

    TORSE DE MERCURE EN MARBRE

    ART ROMAIN, IER - IIEME SIECLE APRES J.C.

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    TORSE DE MERCURE EN MARBRE
    ART ROMAIN, IER - IIEME SIECLE APRES J.C.
    Représenté debout en contrapposto simplement vêtu d'une chlamyde retenue par une broche à l'épaule droite, les plis tombant en U sur la poitrine et rassemblés sur l'épaule gauche, le poids du corps reposant sur la jambe droite, la jambe gauche légèrement avancée, les deux bras baissés, le droit ramené en arrière
    Hauteur : 83.8 cm. (33 in.)


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    Cette représentation de Mercure est inspirée d'une sculpture de Polyclète. Il est probable qu'il ait jadis porté un enfant de la main droite, sans doute Dionysos. Une oeuvre similaire conservée dans les jardins de Boboli à Florence, voir Siebert, "Hermes" in ILIMC, vol. V.

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    Provenance

    Galerie Simone de Monbrison, Paris, vers 1975.


    Post Lot Text

    A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF MERCURY
    CIRCA 1ST - 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Standing in contrapposto with his weight on his right leg, the left slightly advanced, with both arms lowered, the right pulled back, depicted nude but for a chlamys pinned at his right shoulder, falling in U-shaped folds in the front and gathered in back at the left shoulder

    This version of Mercury is a Roman interpretation of a work by Polykleitos. It is likely that he once carried a small child, perhaps the infant Dionysus, in his right hand. For the type compare the marble figure in the Boboli Gardens, Florence, no. 396 in Siebert "Hermes," in LIMC, vol. V.