We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.
Unidentified Roman sculptor, Poseidippus (Roman copy of lost Greek original)

Poseidippus (Roman copy of lost Greek original)

After Unidentified Roman sculptor

RA Collection: Art

After the death of Menander (ca. 219 BC), the poet Poseidippus (ca. 316- ca. 250 BC) emerged into prominence as a writer of “New Comedy”. He is known to have written thirty comedies. Not only was Poseidippus celebrated in his lifetime but his work was also very popular in Roman times.

This cast is of a Roman version of a Greek bronze dating from the 3rd century BC (Vatican Museums, Rome). The statue was found between 1585 and 1590 on the Viminal, near S. Lorenzo in Panisperna, along with a statue often said to represent Menander. A hole at the top of the head suggests the statue had a meniskos and therefore was positioned outdoors.

Object details

Title
Poseidippus (Roman copy of lost Greek original)
Artist/designer
From
Vatican Museums, Rome
Object type
Sculpture Cast
Medium
Plaster cast, early 19th century
Dimensions

1545 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/5005
Acquisition
Given by The Prince Regent 1816
return to start
back

Start exploring the RA Collection

read more
  • Explore art works, paint-smeared palettes, scribbled letters and more...
  • Artists and architects have run the RA for 250 years.
    Our Collection is a record of them.
Start exploring