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XIX century Large Academic Study of Hera Barberini. Cm 73 x 58

XIX century Large Academic Study of Hera Barberini. Cm 73 x 58

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Academic Study in Charcoal Pencil on Paper of Hera Barberini

Dimensions: 58 cm x 73 cm
Technique: Charcoal pencil drawing on matte paper. Good conservation conditions with some small tears on the margins.

This drawing is an academic study of the famous sculpture of Hera Barberini, created with a mixed technique of charcoal on paper.

This drawing represents one of the many examples of academic exercises based on the most important plaster statues. Students focused on the chiaroscuro effect and detailed representation of the face.

The shades of charcoal emphasize depth and shadows, giving the subject a three-dimensional quality and conveying a sense of relief and real presence.

History of the Hera Barberini Sculpture

The sculpture of Hera Barberini, exhibited at the Museo Pio Clementino in Rome, is one of the most famous representations of the Greek goddess Hera, wife of Zeus and queen of the Olympian gods. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, it is a Roman copy of a Greek original from the 5th century BC, attributed to the sculptor Alcamenes.

The statue is named after the Barberini family, an influential Roman family in the 17th century, who owned it before it became part of the Vatican collections. Hera is depicted with a solemn and majestic expression, symbolizing her divine authority and her role as protector of women and marriage. She wears a diadem that highlights her royalty, and her hair is styled in an elaborate coiffure.

The sculpture was rediscovered in the 17th century during excavations on the Barberini family's land in Rome. This discovery sparked great interest among art enthusiasts and collectors of the time due to its remarkable state of preservation and the exceptional artistic quality of the piece. The Barberini family, known for their patronage and appreciation of the arts, incorporated the sculpture into their private collection before it was acquired by the Vatican Museums.

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