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Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus

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Location type: Statue
Location address: Italia, Firenze
Number of texts: 1
3 stars
Made by | Reference Zaqarbal | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus (also known as the Pasquino Group) is a marble sculpture known as so due to its apparent representation of an episode in the Iliad featuring the characters Menelaus and Patroclus. The sculpture has had a complex artistic and social history that illustrates the degree to which improvisatory “restorations” were made to fragments of ancient Roman sculpture during the 16th and 17th centuries, in which contemporary Italian sculptors made original and often arbitrary and destructive additions in an effort to complete the lost fragments of the ancient sculptures.

Linked themes: Art, Legends and myths, Literature

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