Statuette of a dancing Satyr

Statuetta di Satiro danzante
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Sculpture
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Roman copy, made in the 2nd century A.D., of a Greek original from the Hellenistic period
Material and technique: 
Luni marble
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Purchased in Rome
Inventory: 
Inv. MB 165
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The young follower of Dionysus is shown playing the double flute and dancing on tiptoe. His motions generate a complex pose that suggests a spiral movement with cross-rotation of the different parts of the body. This finely crafted piece is a copy of the famous dancing satyr in the Borghese collection, itself a copy of a work by Lysippus or his milieu (late 4th century B.C.).

The hall

This room displays Roman artworks, plus some medieval pieces that wind up the long chronological itinerary through the Barracco collection.