Friday, January 7, 2022

Modern copy?

I have a strong feeling that this is a modern copy sold for gay kitsch. 



  1. This post was fun and interesting Jerry. Thanks!

  2. Another interesting and enjoyable Friday art series, Jerry. These are always a treat.


  3. I agree!

    A hint: in the classic sculptures, balls are globular and not hung.
    also in the classic sculptures the penis is shorter then the balls and the head is not marked (normally the penis looks cylindrical) and it is fully covered by the prepuce.
    I did a 2x magnification and it's difficult to say, but gives the impression that the prepuce is partially retracted and the tip is visible.
    When the statue is shown fully depilated, there is a kind of "pubic girdle" (see the duo post for comparison)

  4. This one is of Apollo by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) and is in the Getty Museum, LA.

  5. No pubic hair - I feel most ancient statues show a small tuff of hair above the penis. Is this missing to imply the age of the figure portrayed or were men shaving then? The body seems to be of a man. Just wondering.

    1. I agree that's an odd element, and it left me wondering if this is a modern version.

  6. Most of Canova's male nudes have pubic hair so perhaps it is implying his youth. One other hairless nude I found is this one:,_paris,_1822-23_ca.,_01.JPG

  7. This is what the Getty museum says of the statue:
    "Apollo's nudity, his broad, muscular chest, and his relaxed, balanced pose all recall famous antique representations of the god. But while sculptor Antonio Canova clearly emulated several antiques, his Apollo is not a copy of an already existing statue. The commission for the marble was the result of a competition organized by Don Abbondio Rezzonico, nephew of the Venetian Pope Clement XIII. It is Canova's first fully classicizing work, carved in the Neoclassical style for which he soon became famous."