Farnese Atlas

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Creator

Roman workshop

Description

Statue of Atlas kneeling with the celestial sphere. It is decorated with low reliefs depicting 41 classical Greek constellations distinguished by Ptolemy. Roman copy of a Hellenistic original. The statue was found in Rome and acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese in 1562

Subject

Atlas

Type

Extent

2.1 m

Material

Chronology Period

2nd century AD

Technique

Content Provider

University of Bologna

Original Collection

Europeana Archaeology

Content Rights