A Colossal Roman Statue



ISBN: 9780878468775 Category:

Christine Kondoleon


If this monumental second-century Roman statue could speak, she would tell of travels from a theatre in ancient Rome to the gardens of an Italian prince’s villa-and then across the Atlantic to a suburban garden, where she endured for a century before finding a home at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Although standing 13 feet tall and weighing some 13,000 pounds, this colossal statue has a long history of hiding in plain sight. Now, stylistic evaluation, historical research, and technical examination have revealed connections with five other “sister” statues, all carved of Carrara marble, that were part of an Augustan renewal of Rome. Despite losing her head (and gaining a new one), and suffering damage and repairs, she has continued to be admired throughout two millennia. As the largest classical sculpture in North America, newly restored and protected from the elements at last, she has just begun to share her secrets.

Additional information

Weight 192 g
Dimensions 14.6 x 21 cm
Publisher name MFA Publications
Publication date 11 March 2021
Number of pages 88
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.6 x 21 cm
Weight 192 g
Christine Kondoleon is George D. and Margo Behrakis Chair, Art of Ancient Greece and Rome, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Susanne Gänsicke is Senior Conservator, Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.