Hermes and the infant Dionysus 14x22cm
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Hermes and the infant god Dionysus from Praxiteles, around 343-330 BC his only original work survived, there are some who say that it was produced by some of the Praxiteles school found the 8th May 1877 at the Hera temple now at the museum of Ancient Olympia.
His missing legs below the knee were restored in plaster, also part of his right hand are missing. The group is sculpted from a block of the best quality of Parian marble. Hermes measures 2.10/2.12 m, 3.70 m with the base.
Hermes and Dionysus are brothers as their father is Zeus. Art Specialists tell us that the face contains an asymmetry. If one looks the face from the left, is sorrowful, from the right it is smiling and seen from the front it is calm. Therefore if we move and look Hermes face it seems not to be static. Made from Parian marble. Praxiteles (390- c.330 BC) lived in Athens about 360 BC, his work is mainly known from Roman copies. Why does the baby Dionysos stretches his hand? Probably because Hermes held a brunch of grapes that Dionysos likes so much.
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