|IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE GROUP: MENELAOS SUPPORTS THE BODY OF PATROKLOS: THE PASQUINO GROUP
After a Hellenistic prototype of the 3rd Century BC, depicting the scene in Homer’s, Illiad, XVII.
The most complete original example known. A major work of art.
See the fragment on the Piazza Pasquino, Rome and another 1st Century much-restored example in the Loggia dei Lanzi, adjoining the Ufizi Gallery, Florence.
Menelaos attempts to protect the body of Patroklos from the Trojans, but finally he is driven off by Hektor. The Trojan commander strips Achilles’ beautiful armor from the corpse and puts it on in place of his own. Then almost immediately, a battle develops over Patroklos’ naked corpse. Finally, the body of Patroklos is rescued and is safely carried back to the Achaian camp.
Ex J.K. Collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries in 1995.
Ca. 2nd Century AD
H. 27.75 in. (70.5 cm.); L. 28.25 in. (73 cm.); W. 14.75 in. (37.5 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 10
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