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Marble grave stele with a family group

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 360 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
H. 67 3/8 in. (171.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.100.2
  • Description

    Because the framing niche that once surrounded this relief is missing, there are no inscriptions that might identify the deceased. Both the seated man and the veiled woman behind him stare straight ahead, as if the young woman who gazes down at them were invisible. Do they mourn their dead daughter? Does she mourn her dead father, or is she the sole survivor of the group? Despite its ambiguity and solemn sadness, the relief conveys an intense, though restrained, sense of family unity. Carved by a master, this grave stele is one of the most magnificent examples from the classical period.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in Attica (Richter 1954, p. 57, no. 83).

    Acquired January 14, 1911, purchased from G. Yanacopoulos, Paris.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 219, fig. 133.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. Ancient Furniture: A History of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Furniture. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 32, fig. 87.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 256-58, fig. 180.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 256-58, fig. 180.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 131, 133, fig. 159.

    McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 131, 133, fig. 159.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 133, 493, fig. 428.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 140, 281, pl. 121c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 83, pp. 56-57, pls. 67, 68a-d.

    Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. Cambridge, England, p. 379, pl. 124b.

    Reuterswärd, Patrik. 1980. Studien zur Polychromie der Plastik. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Svenska, p. 53, n.108.

    Clairmont, Christoph W. 1993. Classical Attic Tombstones, Vol. 3. Kilchberg: Akanthus, no. 3846.

    Touchette, Lori-Ann. 1995. The Dancing Maenad Reliefs: Continuity and Change in Roman Copies, Bulletin Supplement, Vol. 62. London: Institute Of Classical Studies, p. 29, n. 179.

    Stewart, Andrew F. 1997. Art, Desire, and the Body in Ancient Greece. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, p. 46, fig. 29.

    Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo. 1997. Fourth-Century Styles in Greek Sculpture. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, p. 162, fig. 35.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 159, pp. 141, 435.

  • See also
248483

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