The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Ultimo 1797

Probably the two well-known sedentary statues of Menander and Posidippus, who, however, were not philosophers but comic writers.
See Il Museo Pio-Clementino, descritto da Giambattista e Ennio Qvirino Visconti, T. I-VI, Roma 1782-96, vol. III, plates XV and XVI, text p. 16-20 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M134). The statues were among the works which were taken to Paris, see Les monumens antiiques du Musée Napoléon, vol. II, plates 69 and 70, text p. 153-156 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M140).
Thorvaldsen acquired casts of the heads of the two statues, L140 and L141.

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