Beautiful Ancient Public Art


The draping robe around the “body” of this sculpture astounded me when I saw it. Its lines and detail are beautiful! From the Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi” in Siracusa, the outstanding nature of this piece exemplifies the splendor and political significance of Siracusa and its surroundings in the era of the 4th century BC. (Unfortunately, when I took this photo, I didn’t make an exact note of the sculpture’s history, but I’m guessing, based on its location in Sector D of the museum, that’s where it fits in historically.) It is probably one of many pieces of public art that decorated theaters, amphitheaters, and gardens of the ancient Greek metropolis around that time.

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