- Chiaramonti Niobid
- Cornell Cast Collection
- Unknown (Roman copy)|possibly Skopas or Praxiteles (Greek original)
- ca. 1890-1900
later 1st c. to early 2nd c. CE (Roman copy)
end of 4th c. BCE (Greek original)
- Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, Italy (discovery site, mid 16th c.) (original)
- Sage no. 265|sticker with old black numbers: 65|417
- Original Culture:
- Roman, after Hellenistic
- Original Style:
- Roman Imperial, after Hellenistic Greek
- Work Type:
- casts (sculpture)
- plaster cast (sculpture)|marble sculpture in the round (original)
- Niobe (Greek mythology)
- Image View Description:
- from front
- Image View Type:
- 68 (max. H) x 59 (max. W) x 19 (max. D) cm
- Original Extent:
- 176 (H) cm (complete statue)
- This is a fragment of a cast of the Chiaramonti Niobid, a depiction of one of the daughters of Niobe fleeing the vengeful wrath of Artemis and Apollo. As complete, the figure runs with her left leg extended and right leg back, her windswept drapery suggesting rapid movement. Cornell's cast of the Chiaramonti Niobid was produced in two sections. This record represents a fragment from the heavily damaged bottom section of the cast. Preserved here is a portion of drapery from the front of the statue that comes from between the figure's legs. Visible at the lower front of this fragment is the ankle of the left foot and the sandal strap that crosses it. Also preserved is a section of the molded edge of the base on which the Niobid stands. In its original state, the statue probably would have been part of a group consisting of Niobe and her daughters and sons shot down by Artemis and Apollo, as a less detailed duplicate of this statue in Florence demonstrates (Uffizi inv. no. 300). The original was discovered in Hadrian's villa at Tivoli in the mid sixteenth century. It is a Hadrianic era copy of a Hellenistic group dated to the later fourth century BCE and uncertainly attributed to Skopas or to Praxiteles on the basis of style and a reference in Pliny (HN xxxvi.4).
broken on all sides apart from bottom line with plinth
- ID nos. 126, 167, 286, 417, and possibly 306 belong together.
- Brunilde S. Ridgway, Hellenistic Sculpture I: The Styles of ca. 331-200 B.C. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990), 84, pl. 47
- Cornell University (current)
Rome, Vatican Museums (original)
- Repository Location:
- Collecting Program:
- Cornell Collections of Antiquities
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