Large Ancient Roman Carved Marble Statue of a Young Boy Holding Grapes Ca. 1st century A.D. Size 24 1/2 inches High. x 10 1/2 inches Wide. + Mount. During the Roman Imperial period, children were widely represented in the art of both the public and private spheres. Images of both mortal and divine children appeared in the artworks and furnishings of the home, on the tomb monuments and burial containers associated with the funerary realm, and on imperial state art. This statue of a nude young boy, which is made of Parian marble, exemplifies the Roman interest in the subject of children. He is shown in a contrapposto stance, carved 3/4 round, white marble standing male youth, holding a large bunch of grapes in his left hand. An integral support plinth covers his back. The figures body reflects an interest in the naturalistic representation of the childs anatomy, with the rounded belly and chubby thighs, seem to suggest an older infant. However, the height of the figure, suggests a young child. Additionally, the chest and upper abdomen exhibit subtle muscular definition, giving the boy an oddly athletic appearance despite the pudginess of his lower body. The hair is composed of thick, short locks, with some in tight curls, under a rowed cap. The facial features, including the small chin, pudgy cheeks, and full, pursed lips, reinforce the childlike appearance and, along with his sharp, almond-shaped eyes. Overall scattered tan surface patina. Missing both feet and lower portion of plinth and a portion of the plinth around his left shoulder and head. Missing right forearm and a few normal minor scattered losses. A beautiful example of Roman sculpture. Custom block base. Provenance: NYC collection, ex. R. Sorge collection, Germany, 1980s, ex. Gorny & Mosch, Munich, 2000s.
Intact with good patina.