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Borghese Dancers - Item #193

$ 1,300.00



30 Inches High x 74 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep

The five figures were once interpreted as the Hours or the Graces and also called the Nuptial Chorus, but they have since been deemed simply "dancers". They hold hands while moving gracefully in front of a wall with a row of Corinthian pilasters. Napoleon purchased this relief as part of the Borghese Collection in 1807 and it was showcased in the Louvre by 1820. Prior to its purchase, it was displayed in the Villa Borghese starting in the early 17th century. The relief is a Neo-Attic sculpture, so-called because the Greeks and Romans were imitating earlier Archaic and Classical Greek art. 

P.P. Caproni and Brother identified this relief in their catalogs as "Bacchantes Dancing."


Artist: Unknown

Museum: Louvre Museum, Paris

Time Period: Ancient Roman - Neo-Attic, 1st century B.C.E.

1911 Catalog ID # - 7085