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Chiaramonti Niobid



Origin and location of the original templates for the replica statue

The marble statue of a running, fleeing young woman, a so-called Niobe, is over 180 centimetres high and is a Roman marble copy of a lost Greek original made of bronze. The Greek original can be dated to 150-101 BC. It may have been part of a group of statues of Niobe and her children. Erected by the Hellenistic ruler Seleucus. Around 38 BC, the statue group was brought to Rome to decorate the Temple of Apollo on the Campus Martius. The statue group was seen and described there by Pliny in the first century AD. The Roman marble copy was found around 1500 in Tivoli, on the grounds of the Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) and was probably created in Hadrian’s time (before 138 AD). Today, the marble statue is in the Chiaramonti Museum in the Vatican Museums. The head of the statue is in the Uffizi Gallery. Buy this feminine work of art in our online shop as a replica statue. You can order the faithful reproduction as a bronze cast or as a marble cast. We also offer the option of having the headless figure of Chiaramonti Niobid carved from a block of marble by a sculptor.


One of Niobe’s daughters is depicted trying to escape the arrows of Apollo and Artemis. The myth tells how Niobe, Queen of Thebes, had fourteen children, seven boys and seven girls. Proud of her origins and numerous offspring, she presumed to rise above the Titaness Leto, who had only given birth to two children, the twins Apollo and Artemis. Niobe even prevented the twins from being worshipped by the people.


The two gods decide to punish Niobe for insulting her mother and kill all of Niobe’s children with arrows, with Apollo killing the boys and Artemis the girls. The loss drove the parents to their deaths: Amphion committed suicide with a sword; Niobe froze in immense pain. The wind then carried her to Phrygia, to the top of Mount Sipylos. But even there, her tears did not stop flowing. Niobe is finally transformed into marble. Niobe’s seven sons are named Ismenus, Sipylus, Phaedimus, Tantalus, Alphenor, Damasichthon and Ilioneus. The names of the daughters have not been handed down.


Antique replica statue. Bronze casting in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould is based on two plaster casts that were joined to form a statue at the beginning of the 19th century. The body without the head comes from the original Vatican marble statue. The head comes from the original head of the statue from the Florentine Uffizi. The finished bronze sculpture is of museum quality and corresponds to the originals in the Vatican Museum and the Uffizi.


Buy cast marble & marble sculptures from a sculptor

In addition to the classic bronze casting, you can also purchase the replica Chiaramonti Niobid statue in our Online Shop in two further moulds. The marble cast 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 replica 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 closely matches the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of the patina in question prior to purchase.


Individualisation of the statue

Each replica 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.


Your very personal legacy

Buy the life-size cast bronze replica statue not only as an artistic replica, but also as a timeless reminder 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

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. 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 the modern era. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. And here we offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has its own statue. have an impressive collection of antique sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Chiaramonti Niobid
Item No.S11
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)182,5 cm x 109 cm x 63 cm
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£33,800.00