Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

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In slowly and methodically building his collection of ancient art, Giovanni Barracco gave a special place to Greek sculpture, considered a milestone in Western representational culture and the culmination of a cultural evolution to which the ancient civilizations of the peoples of the Mediterranean basin had contributed.

With the aid of two great connoisseurs of Greek art who advised him on purchases – first Wolfgang Helbig, and later Ludwig Pollak – Barracco succeeded in collecting highly significant works that illustrate the development of Greek sculpture from the archaic period to the Hellenistic age. The period when Barracco was building his collection was a time of great enthusiasm for the archeological explorations in Greece and Italy that made it possible to bring to light a nearly inexhaustible store of artworks.

Tapping the international art and antiquities market of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Barracco bought a large number of original Greek works made in Greece itself, in Sicily and Magna Graecia, succeeding in gathering an important documentation that constitutes one of the most significant and prestigious parts of the collection. In some cases, the Greek sculptures were bought in Rome, where they had already arrived in ancient times, often as war booty. Some of them had been used to decorate public monuments, and soon coveted by wealthy members of the aristocracy for their private collections.

Alongside the rare and precious original works, the Barracco collection contains a highly significant choice of Roman copies of the highest level, created by workshops that specialized in making replicas or reworkings of the most celebrated Greek sculptures for very demanding patrons. These pieces make it possible to survey not only the principal expressions of Greek art, but also the manifestations of artistic taste in the Roman world.

Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original by Phidias (mid-5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 92
Sculpture
2nd century A.D. copy of the Greek original by Myron (mid-5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 97
Funerary monument and ornaments
Attic original from the first half of the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 128
Sculpture
Attic original from the first half of the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 129
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original attributed to Euphranor (second half of the 4th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 131
Funerary monument and ornaments
Attic original, 525-510 B.C.
Inv. MB 73
Sculpture
Original from Magna Graecia, late 6th - early 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 80
Sculpture
Roman copy of the Greek original by Myron (mid-5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 98
Sculpture
Roman work inspired by a Greek original from the mid-5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 113
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the mid-5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 123
Sculpture
Late Hellenistic copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 108
Sculpture
Late Hellenistic copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 107
Sculpture
1st-century A.D. Roman copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 109
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the school of Polyclitus (late 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 105
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the second half of the 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 103
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the second half of the 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 102
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the school of Polyclitus (late 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 99
China
Attributed to the Berlin Painter (early 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 231
China
Early 7th century B.C.
Inv. MB 272
China
Early 6th century B.C.
Inv. MB 292
China
First half of the 6th century B.C.
Inv. MB 268
China
4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 232
Sculpture
3rd millennium B.C.
Inv. MB 71
Sculpture
6th-5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 273
Sculpture
Late 5th - early 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 278
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the first half of the 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 85
Sculpture
Magna-Graecia original from the second half of the 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 215
Sculpture
Magna-Graecia original from the first half of the 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 76
Sculpture
Roman work inspired by a Greek original from the early 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 115
Sculpture
Roman work inspired by a Greek original from the early 5th century B.C.
Inv. MB 116
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 163
Sculpture
Roman copy of a Greek original from the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 159
Sculpture
Neo-Attic creation based on models of Callimachos (late 5th century B.C.)
Inv. MB 124
Funerary monument and ornaments
Attic original from the first half of the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 127
Funerary monument and ornaments
Attic original from the early 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 135
Funerary monument and ornaments
Attic original from the second half of the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 138
Sculpture
Attic original from the second half of the 4th century B.C.
Inv. MB 130
Sculpture
Augustan replica of an original from the early 3rd century B.C.
Inv. MB 143

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