Praxiteles, ‘Hermes with infant Dionysos on his arm’, ca. 330 BCE, Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Praxiteles

Hermes with infant Dionysos on his arm, ca. 330 BCE

Marble
82 7/10 in
210 cm
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Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY
Praxiteles
Greek, ca. 400 B.C.
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One of the most important sculptors of ancient Greece, Praxiteles is best known for his marble sculptures, although he also worked in bronze. He produced elegant representations of gods and mythological figures, as well as portrait sculptures, pioneering a new humanizing style that transformed the detached divinities of the past into playful, sensuous youths. His most celebrated work, Aphrodite of Cnidus, depicted the titular god in the nude, a bold and influential innovation at the time. In his delicately modeled Apollo, the god is represented as a boy, leaning against a tree trunk in a relaxed pose.

Praxiteles, ‘Hermes with infant Dionysos on his arm’, ca. 330 BCE, Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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About the work
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Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY
Praxiteles
Greek, ca. 400 B.C.
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One of the most important sculptors of ancient Greece, Praxiteles is best known for his marble sculptures, although he also worked in bronze. He produced elegant representations of gods and mythological figures, as well as portrait sculptures, pioneering a new humanizing style that transformed the detached divinities of the past into playful, sensuous youths. His most celebrated work, Aphrodite of Cnidus, depicted the titular god in the nude, a bold and influential innovation at the time. In his delicately modeled Apollo, the god is represented as a boy, leaning against a tree trunk in a relaxed pose.

Praxiteles

Hermes with infant Dionysos on his arm, ca. 330 BCE

Marble
82 7/10 in
210 cm
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