Be greeted by the Resting Satyr that adorns the foyer of the first level of the Hellenic Museum.
1ST CENTURY CE ROMAN PERIOD TORSO
This late 1st century CE marble torso is in the ‘resting satyr’ style and is a part of a group of Roman works made in antiquity and inspired by the famous original by the 4th century BCE sculptor Praxiteles. The satyr is identifiable by the panther pelt slung across his shoulders and the tilt of the body in the Praxitelean manner. It is thought that the original bronze statue (now lost) once stood along the Street of Tripods near the Athenian Acropolis. The number of ‘resting satyr’ works that have been found indicates that the subject was fashionable during the Roman period, and often adorned the villas and gardens of wealthy Romans.
This sculpture is on loan from Peter and Mary Mitrakas.