The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on Ultimo 1797

Apollo Belvedere, found at the end of the 15th century near Anzio by the later pope Julius II and placed by him in the court of the Belvedere in the Vatican, hence the name. It is thought to be a marble copy of a bronze work by Leochares from the second half of the 4th century B.C.
See Il Museo Pio-Clementino, descritto da Giambattista e Ennio Qvirino Visconti, T. I-VI, Roma 1782-96, vol. I, plates XIV, XV, text p. 23-29 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M134); and Les monumens antiiques du Musée Napoléon, vol. I, plate XV, text p. 41-46 (copy in Thorvaldsens Museum, M140).
Thorvaldsen acquired a cast of this statue, Thorvaldsens Museum L30.

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