The Apollo Belvedere (HUM303/ HUM425)

A Roman copy of the original bronze statue, thought to have been cast by Leochares, now on display in the Vatican. Here is a close-up of the head:


The full sculpture was damaged– penis and both forearms broken off– though subsequent copies restored these elements, some artists going so far as to provide the Apollo with a fig leaf to cover his genitals.


HUM425 students: note the facial profile of this statue and think about Phillips’s essay. The Apollo Belvedere was proposed as an ideal-type for European masculine beauty. Remember Petrus Camper’s “facial angle”?

HUM303 students: Why am I showing you these images?

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