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Title: Hermes Ludovisi
Start date: 1
End date: 99
Historical Period: Imperial/Late Roman

Statue Hermes Psychopompus. The gesture of the figure of Hermes (Mercury) has caused the descriptive Logios to be added, to signify the god of eloquence, characterized by the oratorical gesture of the raised right arm: this sculpted image is however due to a restoration by Algardi, which aimed at giving the iconography of the god a different aspect from that originally intended. The concentrated and sad expression of the face recalls a funerary sculpture, with the right arm slightly raised in a gesture of farewell; the left hand held the caduceus, a branch with two intertwined serpents, which is the typical attribute of the god, represented as a Psychopomp, who accompanies the souls of the dead into the underworld. In 1631 Alessandro Algardi restores the sculpture, refashioning the right arm, the feet with the base, the tip of the nose and also the attributes typical of this divinity, such as the edge and wings of the petaso, the hat with the wide brim, the little bag in the left hand and the caduceus in the right; these additions, now removed, are reproduced in Claude Randon’s drawings, printed in 1704.
Roman copy after an inferred bronze original of the 5th century BC attributed to the young Phidias, ca 440 BC,

Place: Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Italy  
Languages: No linguistic content; Not applicable
Medium: marble (rock)
Project: BYZART Project  
Fond: UNIBO Europeana Archaeology  
Physical type: sculpture (visual works)
Material and technique: sculpting
Data provider: University of Bologna  
Appears in Collections:BYZART

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