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Marforio (Classical Personification of a River God)

Artist: Unknown Artist Primary
Artist: Unknown Artist Primary
Date: circa 1750
18th century
Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.89 in. (16 x 17.5 cm)
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Alice Hyland, 2021
Accession Number: 2021.14.33
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This engraving features a 1st century Roman marble sculpture known as Marforio, an image of a reclining bearded god. This figure has been identified as a personification of a river, likely the Tiber, or a Roman god such as Oceanus, Neptune, or Jupiter. The statue can still be seen today in the Palazzo Nuovo, integrated into a fountain designed by Giacomo della Porta.


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