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Statue of a Pouring Satyr

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Statue of a Pouring Satyr






villa of Domitian, Castel Gandolfo, Italy (Place Found)


A.D. 81–96



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165 × 53 × 58.4 cm (64 15/16 × 20 7/8 × 23 in.)

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Object Description

The statue depicts the nude figure of a youthful satyr who stands frontally, holding over his head with his right hand a now-missing pitcher from which he would have seemed to pour wine into the drinking vessel once held in his left hand (also now missing). The satyr stands in a naturalistic contrapposto stance, with his weight shifted onto his left leg, and his right knee slightly bent. He looks downward at his lowered hand. His hair is short and tousled, and a fillet and wreath surround the crown of his head. A support in the shape of a truncated tree is present behind his left leg. It is carved naturalistically with knobs and the remnants of sawn limbs. The head and right hand are restorations added in the seventeenth or eighteenth century. The penis is also a modern restoration. The statue is a Roman copy of Praxiteles' Pouring Satyr. The figure of a youthful Satyr, recognizable only by his pointed ears, was found in 1657 in the Villa of emperor Domitian at Castelgandolfo together with three identical replicas. The Satyr Pouring Wine was first created by Praxiteles in the early 300s BC and is known in dozens of Roman versions.


Found: villa of Domitian, Castel Gandolfo, Italy (first recorded in Amidei 1741)

1657 - 1693

Cardinal Flavio Chigi, 1631 - 1693, by inheritance to his son, Agostino Chigi

1693 - 1705

Agostino Chigi, Prince, Italian, 1634 - 1705 (Rome, Italy), by inheritance to his son, Augusto Chigi, 1705.

1705 - 1728

Augusto Chigi, Prince, Italian, 1662 - 1744 (Rome, Italy), sold to Frederik Augustus I as part of the Chigi collection, 1728.

1728 -

Augustus II, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony (Augustus the Strong), German, 1670 - 1733 (Dresden, Germany), by inheritance within the family.

- 1918

Frederick Augustus III, king of Saxony, German, 1865 - 1932 (Dresden, Germany), taken during the revolution, 1918.

1918 - 1924

in the possession of the Freistaat Sachsen, returned to Haus Wettin (Saxon Royal House), July 21, 1924.

1924 - 1945/1948

Haus Wettin (Moritzburg, Germany), taken by the Soviet government following World War II as part of the former royal collections.

1945/1948 -

Soviet government, ownership later transferred to the acting government (which became the Deutsche Demokratische Republik).

- 1999

Deutsche Demokratische Republik (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden), returned to Haus Wettin, September 9th 1999.

1999 - 2001

Maria Emanuel, Margrave von Meissen (Haus Wettin), 1926 - 2012, sold to Alexander Rudigier, 2001.

2001 - 2002

Alexander Rudigier Ltd. (Munich, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002.

Serial Classic (May 9 to August 24, 2015)
  • Largo Isarco (Milan), May 9 to August 24, 2015

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