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Bust of the Apollo Belvedere: C.22-1977

Object information

Titles

Bust of the Apollo Belvedere

Maker(s)

Copeland (Factory)
After Delpech, C. (Modeller)

Description

Parian porcelain bust of Apollo, on a circular socle. The head is turned to the left, and his robe folds over his shoulders.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by the Countess Shelagh Rietberg

Measurements and weight

Height: 34 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977-10-11) by Rietberg, Shelagh, Countess

Dating

Third quarter of 19th century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD/CE 1861

Note

From the early 16th century onwards the Apollo Belvedere was regarded as the supreme embodiment of male beauty, and in the second half of the 18th, aroused passionate adulation. In its presence, the German art historian, Winckelmann declared that he forgot the whole universe and felt himself to be 'transported to Delos and the sacred groves of Lycia'. By the mid 19th century this enthusiasm had abated a little, but the statue was still admired greatly, and its place as a model in art education remained unassailed.

School or Style

Neoclassical

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Parian porcelain, slip cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C.DELPECH/(REDI)
  • Location: On back of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

Inscription present: ST of 1st is in smaller capitals and raised

  • Text: PUBLISHED/FEBRUARY 1ST/1861
  • Location: On back of socle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Inscription
  • Text: ART UNION OF LONDON 1861
  • Location: On front of socle
  • Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22-1977
Primary reference Number: 137168
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Bust" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/137168 Accessed: 2021-11-27 23:02:30

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