Dying Gaul

Dying Gaul
Sculptor unattributed
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381.34.48 BORGM
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Dying Gaul

The Dying Gaul is a copy of the Roman marble statue now held in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Likewise, this statue in Rome is a copy of a lost Hellenistic sculpture that is thought to have been executed in bronze. The Hellenistic original is estimated to have commissioned between 230 BC and 220 BC by Attalos I of Pergamon to celebrate his victory over the Celtic Galatians in Anatolia. The original sculptor is believed to have been Epigonus, a court sculptor of the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon.

The statue serves both as a reminder of the Celts’ defeat, thus demonstrating the might of the people who defeated them, and a memorial to their bravery as worthy adversaries.

 

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