Antique Bronze of Spartacus
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A 19th century bronze figure of Spartacus after the original sculpture by Denis Foyatier (1793-1863). The sculpture represents Spartacus breaking his chains. Spartacus is shown nude, an obligatory tradition in the Romantic Period when representing heroes from antiquity. His imposing stature corresponds to the exigencies of The Great Style, which establishes a correlation between the dimensions of a statue and the impact it makes on the viewer.
Denis Foyatier was born into a family of modest means. At the age of 26, he was awarded a scholarship for the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Médicis, where he created the mould for his model of Spartacus, widely considered to be his masterpiece.
The larger-than-life version of Spartacus (1827 and later, 1830) is currently conserved by the Musée du Louvre. It was intended to be part of an ensemble of eight statues for the Allée des grands hommes (The Avenue of Great Men) in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Measurements: Height: 46 cm
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