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Belvedere Hermes



Description of the antique statue Belvedere Hermes

The Hermes of the Museo Pio-Clementino is an ancient Roman sculpture that belongs to the Vatican collections in Rome. It was long admired as the Belvedere Antinous. However, the idealised face is probably not that of Antinous, the lover of Emperor Hadrian. The cloak known as the chlamys, which is thrown over the left shoulder and wrapped around the left forearm, and the relaxed contrapposto identify the sculpture as a Hermes. Today, the sculpture is considered to be a Hadrianic copy (early second century AD) of a bronze by Praxiteles or one of his pupils. The sculpture was purchased for Pope Paul III in 1543. It was probably found in a garden near Castel Sant’Angelo.

After its discovery, the statue immediately became famous as Antinous Admirandus: it was mentioned in all reports on the antiquities to be seen in Rome. Generally admired, it was made in bronze and marble for Fontainebleau in the sixteenth century and Versailles in the seventeenth century. Further bronze and marble copies found their way into the collections of Charles I of England, Louis XIV of France and Peter the Great, among others. Further casts can be found in many European art academies.
Poussin saw the statue as an aesthetic canon of ideal proportions. Gérard Audran included the sculpture in his collection of engravings intended for young sculptors in 1683. Winckelmann recognised it as a “first-class” statue and admired the head, “undoubtedly one of the most beautiful heads of a young man from antiquity”, even though he criticised the elaboration of the feet, stomach and legs.


Buy cast bronze, cast marble & marble sculptures from the sculptor online

The life-size replica of the antique statue, which you can buy in our online shop, is based on the 19th century plaster cast of the original in the Roman Museo Pio-Clementino. In addition to the classic bronze cast, you can buy the Belvedere Hermes antique statue as a replica in two other moulds. The marble cast made from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.

Patinating the statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.
Individualisation of the statue
Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.

Buy your own personal legacy with the Belvedere Hermes replica

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, this statue becomes an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.

Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity. The statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements in the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome.

Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

The original antique statues are almost impossible to buy. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!

Product details

Belvedere Hermes
Item No.S14
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)not available
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT£28,000.00