Running Eros, Holding a Torch

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Unknown, Hellenistic
2nd or 1st century B.C.
Italy, 2nd or 1st century B.C.
bronze
23 3/16 inches (589 mm), with pedestal; figure: 20 1/4 inches (514 mm)
Bequest of J.P. Morgan, Jr.
AZ010
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Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan from Ercole Canessa, who with Prisco made the excavations at Boscoreale in the Villa Maximia; by descent to J.P. Morgan, Jr.
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Style: Hellenistic
Reportedly one of Morgan's favorite works of art, the figure was found in the ruins of the Villa Maxima, near Boscoreale, Italy, a town on the slope of Vesuvius above Pompeii. The villa was destroyed in the eruption of the volcano in 79 A.D.

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