1st-2nd Century AD




Thasian marble, Paros 2
30 11/16 x 10 3/4 in. (78 x 27.3 cm)

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This nude male figure copies a Greek original of the fourth century BC. The date of the model, now lost, can be inferred from the willowy proportions of the figure and its nonchalant contrapposto stance, the weight on one leg that pushes the hip far out. The type, known today as the Apollo of Anzio (after the find-spot of one, near Rome), showed the god holding a kithara (lyre) in his right hand and the plectrum for playing it in his left. Like many Roman copies, this one probably decorated a private home or a public building such as a theater or library.

The original sculpture would have been in bronze. That metal's tensile strength would not have required the support at the left leg needed by the marble. In this version, the strut has been disguised by draping a chlamys (cloak) over it. The statue of Hermes or Mercury also in the Carlos collection (1999.11.5) illustrates how this was worn, fastened on the shoulder with a large broach. At the base, a serpent, Python, emerges. Python had been sent to kill Apollo, his twin sister Artemis, and their mother Leto by the jealous Hera; a representation of this story is exhibited in a marble relief in the Carlos collection (2003.23.6).

Credit Line

Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


An Enduring Ideal: Classical Art from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, November 1, 1992 - February 15, 1993|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2004 - August 8, 2016|
Roman Myth and Myth-Making, Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, September 17, 2016 - December 17, 2016|
MCCM Permanent Collection Galleries, February 6, 2017 - Present|
Helen C. Smith, "A Walk Through Time," Atlanta Weekly, June 8, 1986.


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“Apollo,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed September 18, 2020, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/8780.

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