Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo: Cleveland Masterwork Series 2
Michael Bennett (Author)
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DescriptionSince Roman times Praxiteles' masterpiece has been known as the Lizard-Slayer. Yet collectors, scholars, and students have all puzzled over the meaning of the young Apollo killing a lizard. What could Praxiteles have had in mind? What was its original context? Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo shows that the answers to these long-standing questions are implicit in the bronze sculpture acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2004. Representing Apollo's victory over the Python, the triumph of order over disorder, the Cleveland Apollo is most likely the only surviving original sculpture by Praxiteles, and the only life-size Greek bronze that can be securely attributed to a Greek sculptor by name. The author recounts the story of the acquisition and reveals the astonishing circumstances of its recovery: found on an East German estate where it had languished for decades in a ruined condition.
D Giles Ltd
1 September 2013
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