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Apollo Veii,

Etruscan Art

Terracotta c. 510 BC

Discovered 1916

Museo Nationale di Villa Giulia, Rome

The Apollo of Veii is an over-life-size painted terracotta Etruscan statue of Apollo from Veii of, in the 'international' Ionic or late-archaic Etruscan style. It was discovered in 1916, and is now on show in the National Etruscan Museum.

It was probably made by Vulca, the only Etruscan artist we know by name. It was part of a scene of Apollo and Heracles contending over the Ceryneian Hind, 12 metres above the ground on beams on the acroterion of the Portonaccio Sanctuary of Minerva. Apollo, dressed in a tunic and short cloak advances towards his left with his right arm outstretched and bent (his left arm is towards the ground maybe with a bow in his hand); Heracles, with the doe tied around his legs, is outstretched towards the right, leaning forwards to attack with his bludgeon and with his torso in a violent curve.

Sources

Spivey, Nigel. Etruscan Art. London: Thames and Hudson.


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