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Farnese Bull

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Buy Farnese bull sculpture group as a recast

The Farnese Bull is a colossal Roman marble copy of a Hellenistic bronze sculpture group. It is the largest single sculpture from antiquity discovered to date – carved from a single block of marble.


The artwork was discovered in 1546 in the Roman Baths of Caracalla and entered the sculpture collection of the Palazzo Farnese. The sculpture is dated to 222-235 AD. The so-called Hercules Farnese and the so-called Latin Hercules were also found in the same place.


The lost ancient Greek bronze original is mentioned by Pliny the Elder. It was probably a work by the Rhodian artist Apollonius of Tralles and his brother Tauriscus from the end of the 2nd century B.C. It was later brought from Rhodes to Rome and became part of the art and sculpture collection of the Roman politician Asinius Pollio.

Together with the other Farnese antiquities, the sculpture has been in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples since 1826. The sculpture was restored several times, in particular by Michelangelo. He wanted to use it for a fountain in the Palazzo Farnese. The Roman marble sculpture was carved from a block of marble measuring 3.66 m x 2.75 m and weighs 21.8 tonnes in its current form.


The sculptural group depicts the extensive, complex myth of the punishment of Dirke from a Theban legend. The short version is that Dirke was tied to a wild bull by Zethus and Amphion, the sons of a certain Antiope. They did this to punish her for mistreating her mother Antiope. The bull dragged Dirke to death and from her blood sprang the so-called Thebian Fountain, which was named after her.


You can buy this colossal Roman marble sculpture group as a replica in our online shop. This is a replica of the Hellenistic bronze original. The marble or bronze replica is based on the 3D scan of the original in Naples. Buy the sculpture group in museum quality with individualisation in the base.


Antique sculpture group, cast bronze in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould required for this is based on a 3D scan of the original in Naples.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the statues shown here. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If such a Werkform comes into consideration for you, 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.


Your own personal legacy with the purchase of a bronze or marble replica cast

Our life-size cast bronze or cast marble 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.


In keeping with the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome, the statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements.


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 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 where to see. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Farnese Bull
Item No.S21
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)370 cm x 295 cm x 300 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