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Apollo Belvedere: M.14-2023

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 10 (Octagon)


Apollo Belvedere


Sculptor: Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi)




Bronze figure, cast, chased, patinated and with partial gilding and silvered eyes


History note: Sir Alfred Beit, Bt., London; Sotheby's, London, 7 October 1948, lot 119 (£1,200 to Alfred Spero for Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C.). Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, and by descent to the Hon. Mrs. Pamela Sherek. Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs. Pamela Sherek, in memory of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., to The University of Cambridge; sold privately on behalf of the University of Cambridge to settle duties on the bequest. From the collection of Cecil and Hilda Lewis, from whose Estate allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum by HM Government.

Legal notes

Accepted in Lieu of Tax by HM Government in 2023 and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter (max): 24 cm
Height: 41.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mantua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2023) by H.M. Government


16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1505


Antico’s nickname was due to his unrivalled skill in replicating works of antiquity, in this case, a reduced-scale copy of the famous life-size Classical marble statue known as the Apollo Belvedere, due to its location from 1503 in the Vatican’s Belvedere Courtyard. When Antico studied it in the late 1490s, the statue’s left forearm and right hand were still missing (restored in 1532), so he re-invented them. This statuette was likely made for a wealthy member of the Gonzaga court at Mantua.

Components of the work

Part composed of gilded
Eyes composed of silver
Base Diameter (base) 14.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Cast (process) : Bronze, cast, chased, patinated and with partial gilding and silvered eyes

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-2023
Primary reference Number: 288690
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Audit data

Created: Monday 21 June 2021 Updated: Wednesday 6 March 2024 Last processed: Wednesday 6 March 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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