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Art historians think the upper part of the statue on the right was actually a sculpture of Sapho. Also, if you look closely at the figure on the left, a female breast has been added to what appears to be a male torso with the head of Apollo judging from the knotted hair style. If the restorationist had completed the sculpture of Sapho with a female lower torso and left Apollo as male it could have quite logically represented a version of Apollo and Daphne.

Photographed at the Palazzo Altemps, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome Italy

Posted by mharrsch on 2014-08-18 18:31:46

Tagged: , Cupd , Psyche , Sapho , Apollo , Roman , rococo , baroque , pastiche , god , deity , mythology , Palazzo Altemps , Rome , Italy , 2nd century BCE , 17th century CE , Ludovisi , mharrsch

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