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A modern marble, Herm shaped bust of the Athenian dramatist Euripides, after a Roman sculpture in the Farnese Collection (National Archaeological Museum, Naples). The Herm is a Greek, straight-sided pillar used as a signpost or marker. The form was adopted in Roman times, the head of Hermes replaced with those of influential Greek thinkers. This copy of an antique bust was acquired to replace Lord Burlington`s original now at Chatsworth.
Herms were designed to express the intellect, taste and erudition of the owner. Both Roman and 18th-century elite society used these sculptures to adorn their Arcadian style landscape gardens.
Euripides is considered by many to be the founder of the modern tragedy. His plots centre around intensely passionate lower-class characters, imprisoned by their status, in frequent attempts to destroy each other. Thought to be a recluse, he is alleged to have written in a cave on the island of Salamis near Athens.
H 75 x W 44 x D 28.5 cm