Roman Marble

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Frequently Asked Questions...

Discuss the reasons why Praxiteles’ statue of Hermes with Infant Dionysus would be considered a piece of the H?

High Classical period


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Answer:

Technically, it is a Roman marble copy of what is a now-lost (probably) marble original that was hand colored.

The copy does have the contrapposto stance where the figure shifts its weight to one leg creating an S-curve to the body. The body is idealized. The figure is integrated with its support and interacts with the baby Dionysus.

What isn't Greek Classical about it is the drilled hair and uncolored appearance of the marble. The Greeks would have had artists apply colored waxes for the clothes and hair and colored stones for eyes.