About This Artwork

Greek; Athens

Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple), about 330 BC

152.4 x 111.8 x 33 cm (60 x 44 x 13 in.)

Alexander White Collection, 1928.162

These three figures are chiseled so deeply into the stone that they, like the head of the man on the left, are carved nearly in the round. From the preserved portions of the males’ right arms, it is clear they were clasping hands—a gesture signifying farewell in funerary scenes. Their impassive expressions contrast with the poignant gaze and gesture of the woman in the center, who places her right hand, palm up, on the standing man’s shoulder. Perhaps he is the one who has died.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, Gallery 155, April 20, 1994 - February 6, 2012.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151, November 11, 2012 - present.

Publication History

Karen B. Alexander, "From Plaster to Stone: Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago," in Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Karen Manchester (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2012), p. 30.

"CLEOPATRA. THE ANCIENT WORLD," Computer program. (The Art Institute of Chicago, 1997).

John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art, Museum Studies: Ancient Art at The Art Institute of Chicago 20, 1 (1994), pp. 48-49 (ill.), no. 31.

Cornelius C. Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America: Masterpieces in Public Collections in the United States and Canada (University of California Press, 1982), p. 115.

Margarete Bieber, "An Attic Tombstone in The Art Institute of Chicago," Art in America 30 (1942), pp. 104-09.

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