Inv. n°: MMoCA176

Marble Head of Odysseus

Marble head of Odysseus, legendary Greek hero wearing an ornate pilos helmet decorated with a rosette, a corona of rays, friezes of Erotes (winged deities), palmettes and lotus blossoms.

h. 49.5 x w. 22 x d. 22 cm

late 1st to early 2nd century AD

Marble

Provenance

  • Ex collection of Lord Frederick Augustus Hervey, Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, (1730 -1803), acquired in the 18th century
  • Ex McElderay private collection, Ireland, c. 1920
  • Christie's, European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets, London, 22nd November 2005, lot 423, together with 3 other busts from the McElderay collection
  • Ex private French collection
  • Acquired from a French dealer by Jean-David Cahn, 2006
  • Acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries from Jean-David Cahn, Basel, June 2007
  • Acquired at Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2nd May 2008, item CBD10

Publications

  • J.H.W. Tischbein mith Erlaüterungen von Christian Gottlob Heyne, Homer nach Antiken gezeichnet, 1801, p. 7 and pp. 34-36
  • G. Rathgeber, Numismatische Zeitung, Bl für Münz-, Wappen- u. Siegelkunde, Münzen von Ithaka aus dem herzoglichen Münzkabinett zu Gotha, 5th September 1837, no. 17, p. 133
  • M. Kunze, Wiedergeburt Griechischer Götter und Helden, Homer in der Kunst der Goethezeit, eine Ausstellung der Winckelmann-Gesellschaft im Winckelmann-Museum Stendal, 6. November 1999 bis 9. Januar 2000, 1999, drawings of the head by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829) on the front cover, pp. 118-120, no. IV.11 and IV. 13, Kat. Nr. 14C and 14D
  • Christie's, European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestriesand Crapets, London, 22nd November 2005
  • Minerva, 2007
  • H. Wiegel, In Morgenmantel und Mitra irrte er durch die Stadt, Die Römer schätzten ihn, er mochte Sammlungen und liebte Wilhelmine: Neue Funde erhellen das Leben des Earl of Bristol, Feuilleton and associated figures, Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, 18th September 2007
  • J.M. Eisenberg, Arts of the Ancient World XIX, 2008, pp. 1, 10-11
  • S. Albersmeier (dir.), Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2009, p. 194
  • S. Albersmeier, "Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece", Minerva Magazine, November/December 2009, p. 22, fig. 2
  • J. Pollini, "Roman Marble Sculpture" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, 2011, p. 87, fig. 26
  • Rediscovered masterpieces at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastritch, Global Edition if the NY Times, 18th February 2011
  • "Pieces of the Classical Past", Minerva Magazine, May/June 2011, p. 51, no. 4
  • in M. Merrony (ed.), Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, La Collection Famille Levett, France, 2012, p. 56
  • J.L. Fitton and al., "Troy Enduring Stories" in A. Villing and al. (ed.), Troy, myth and reality, The British Museum, Thames & Hudson, London, 2019, pp. 198 & 199

Exhibitions

  • Heroes, Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA, 11th October 2009 — 3rd January 2010
  • Heroes, Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, First Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 29th January 2010 — 25th April 2010
  • Heroes, Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, USA, 22nd May 2010 — 5th September 2010
  • Heroes, Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Onassis Cultural Center, New York, USA, 5th October 2010 — 3rd January 2011
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • Troy, Myth and Reality, The British Museum, London, 21st November 2019 — 8th June 2020

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