"Tyrus" (variant 2)
"Tyrus" (variant 2)Name: “Tyrus” (variant 2)
Material: cast (plaster of Paris)
Museum: Courtesy Museo dell'Arte Classica, Sapienza University, Rome
Museum inventory number: 1173
The cast is a reconstruction by G. Becatti and L. Meratali of seated Aphrodite attributed to Phidias. The reconstruction is based on a cast of the torso in the Hall of the Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome and a cast of the head of the so-called Sappho in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. For details, see Maria Luisa Morricone, Il Museo dei Gessi dell'Universita' di Roma (Rome 1981) 22-23.
Museum of original: n/a.
Name of photographer/modeler: Carter Conaway
Name of restorer: Mohamed Abdelziz
Note on the restoration: The cast has been further restored digitally as Tyrus to reflect a report of Pirro Ligorio about a statue he saw in the South Theater of Hadrian's Villa. Variant 2 reflects Tyrus' role in the discovery of Tyrian purple.
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