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    159 cm

Statue of a Youth (known as the Soranzo Eros)

Ancient Rome, 1st century B.C.

Legend has it that the Hermitage statue of a youth was found in Italy as far back as 1312. It was attributed as the representation of the god of love and became known as the Soranzo Eros due to its display in the Palazzo Soranzo in Venice. Today as a result of the research it was established that the sculpture was made in the Roman period (1st century B.C.) by Neo-Attic (Greek) sculptors of the school of Pasiteles. These masters often copied the Greek prototypes of the Classical period dating from the 5th-4th centuries B.C., especially the works in the Severe Style from the second quarter of the 5th century B.C. The Hermitage statue shows some distinctive features of that style too, which manifested themselves in the sculptor's striving to convey movement given the frontal presentation of the figure as well as in the treatment of the hair as fine curling locks. However, while copying the old prototypes, the masters of Pasiteles's circle changed them and put together figures based on works from different periods. Some single statue executed in the Severe Style served as a model for the Hermitage statue. However, it formed part of a group where the second figure, towards which the youth moves, was larger in size. While using certain archaic features (the immobility of the torso, the angularity of the figure and the elaborate hairstyle), the sculptor made the proportions of the body more slender and elongated than in the prototype. Although the question of the subject-matter remains open due to the statue's lack of attributes, it probably depicts some mythological personage.


Statue of a Youth (known as the Soranzo Eros)




159 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1851; Acquired from Sankvirito

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