Getty Bronze vs Italy: A statue divides

Feb 22, 2021 119

Lysippus modelled Alexander’s daring and his whole form.

How great is the power of this bronze! The brazen king

seems to be gazing at Zeus and about to say:

“I set Earth under my feet; thyself, Zeus, possess Olympus.”

— An epigram
by Asclepiades

As I sit down to write, I realise that this piece can go in different directions: three at least. One, it can be about one of the greatest sculptors of ancient Greece who is celebrated in the same breath as Skopas and Polykleitos of ca. 4th century BC. Two, about the romance attached to great sunken treasures fished out from the ocean bed, purely by chance, by fishermen working in the eastern Mediterranean in particular.

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