Statue of Meleager

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1st/2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The statue depicts the legendary Greek hunter Meleager, who earned his fame by killing a ferocious boar that terrorized the people of Calydon. About forty Roman sculptural representations of Meleager survive, leading scholars to conclude that there was likely an earlier Greek statue on which they are based, presumably by the architect and sculptor Skopas of Paros, who incorporated a marble relief depicting the Calydonian boar hunt on one of his buildings. However, none of the ancient authors who wrote about Greek sculpture mention that Skopas created a large-scale, three-dimensional statue of Meleager, so the attribution to him is uncertain.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 154

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Statue of Meleager

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 AD–199 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

173 × 73.7 × 55.2 cm (68 5/16 × 29 × 21 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Davidson

Reference Number

1972.935

Extended information about this artwork

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