Clytie ancient classical Roman bust sculpture 23"

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Antique Stone

15" x 9" x 23" (38cm x 23cm x 58cm)

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Roman Imperial (1st-4th century A.D.)


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Clytia (or Clytie) was a water nymph, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys in Greek mythology. She was loved by Apollo. One sculpture of Clytie is a classical one in the collection of Charles Towneley. The bust was created between 40 and 50 AD. Townley acquired it from the family of the Principe Laurenzano in Naples during his extended second Grand Tour of Italy (1771-1774) - they insisted it had been found locally. It remained a favorite both with him (it figures prominently in Johan Zoffany's iconic painting of Townley's library, was one of three ancient marbles Townley had printed on his visiting card, and was apocryphally the one which he wished he could carry with him when his house was torched in the Gordon Riots - apocryphal since the bust is in fact far too heavy for that) and with the public (Joseph Nollekens is said to have always had a marble copy of it in stock for his customers to purchase, and in the late 19th century Parian ware copies were all the rage. The identity of the subject, a woman emerging from a calyx of leaves, was much discussed among the antiquaries in Townley's circle. At first referred to as Agrippina, and later called by Townley Isis in a lotus flower, it is now accepted as Clytie. Some modern scholars even claim the bust is of eighteenth century date, though most now think it is an ancient work showing Antonia Minor or a contemporaneous Roman lady in the guise of Ariadne. Another famous bust of Clytie was by George Frederick Watts. Instead of Townley's serene Clytie, Watts's is straining, looking round at the sun.
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