Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue

Have you heard the expression “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?” Well, the Greeks must have been blushing by the Romans’ flattery in the late fourth century, B.C. The Romans, at the time, were going through a period of wealth and expansion. They were mesmerized by Greek high society and copied their art forms. Among those forms, was sculpture. Don’t get me wrong, Romans produced their own conception of statuary and the like. Often the Romans would take a Greek statue, alter the face or make a change to assimilate the piece of art into their own culture. Over time the sculptures were in such high demand they would be mass produced and lose the meaning the Greeks intended, other then the aesthetic value.

Today, we are grateful for the Roman’s fascination with Greek artwork. Since Greek statuary was mostly in bronze, a good portion of the sculpture was melted down for use of the precious metal. Without Roman reproductions in marble the Greek bronze sculptures would have been lost in time. It is pretty cool to think the Romans preserved sculpture that even predated them by 500 years.

An example of a statue sculpted by the Ancient Greeks and copied by the Romans would be the Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue. This famous classic bronze statue, was discovered in ruins of Pompey’s theater near Rome in the late 1400’s, and believe to be a Roman copy of the Greek sculptor, Leochares original bronze statue. Once in the private collection of Pope Julius II, it was moved to the Vatican in 1509 and placed in the Cortile del Belvedere, from which it derives its name. Our bronze Apollo statue is rife with fine detail from the draped robe to the sandaled feet. This 19th century French Bronze fully restored rendition of Apollo, has just overtaken the serpent Python, and just released a arrow from his bow. The effort impressed on his musculature still lingers. Apollo represents harmony, order, and reason and was considered the greatest ancient sculpture and for centuries epitomized ideals of aesthetic perfection for Europeans and westernized parts of the world.

To view other Ancient Roman and Greek statues head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

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Admittedly when I see a nice big fountain my first instinct is to go for a swim; especially on hot days such as today. Okay, I realize just how much this is an etiquette faux pas. Fountains are meant to be soothing pieces of aesthetic quality, right?

Roman Wall Fountain Replica

There was a time in history when fountains were way more functional. The Ancient Romans diverted major water ways, creating an empire of water fountains. At one point there were nine aqueducts, 39 monumental fountains and  591 public basins. This is all mind blowing considering the lack of technology we are fortunate to have today. Mainly these fountains were used to provide drinking water. However, a civilization after my own heart, the Romans even built fountains that included large basins for swimming, such as one in Tivoli.

It would not be until later in history did fountains take on the symbolism of pure and holy. When the Middle Ages came around most of the Roman aqueducts fell into disrepair and the fountains cease to be functional. The Church at the time used fountains as a metaphor for life, beauty, wisdom and innocence and attached biblical themes such as The Garden and Eden to the imagery. Fountains were common place in monasteries and other places of high worship.

By time the Renaissance rolled around, there was a drive to revive some of the ancient Roman aqueducts. The Church in Rome commissioned fountains for aesthetic and functional purposes but if we’re honest, it was mainly for aesthetic. With old aqueducts being revived and new ones being built,  in Florence the first ever continually running fountain was built, named the Fountain of Neptune. Fountains at this time grew into so much more then just water sources, but rather the showcasing of wealth and grandeur. It was from this period that the fountains that we know today originated.

At Statue.com, we are proud of our gallery of fountains. While we do not recommend taking a dip in our fountains we do think they add charm, class and relaxation to any landscaping.

To view our gallery of fountains, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have one in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen