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Ludovisi Ares



Origin and location of the original for the bronze replica statue

The Ludovisi-Ares is a Roman marble sculpture of Mars from the Antonine period, around the 2nd century A.D. It copies a Greek bronze original from the late 4th century B.C., which is associated with Scopas or Lysippus. The statue was found in Rome around 1622. The exact location where it was found can no longer be determined. The statue came into the collection of Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi and was restored. Its name also comes from the Ludovisi family. It was very quickly attributed to Mars, the god of war. Exhibited in the Ludovisi’s Palazzo Grande from 1633, the statue was moved to the Ludovisi’s Palazzo on Via Veneto around 1885. The Italian state acquired the marble statue in 1901. It has been on display in Palazzo Altemps, part of the Museo Nazionale, since 1997.

The sculpture depicts a youthful god, presumably Ares, or hero, sitting on a rock with his left foot resting on his helmet. His shield leans against him on his right. In his left hand he holds the sword in its scabbard. A gathered robe is wrapped around his waist, one end falling over his right thigh so that his sex is visible. The other end of the robe is slung over his left forearm. A small Eros sits between his feet, looking up at the god and suggesting a connection to Aphrodite, similar to that which existed between the goddess and Ares, the god of war. The unevenness and supporting structures of the left side, especially the shoulder, and the lack of detail on the left half of the head indicate that the statue was part of a group with a statue of Aphrodite. It is possible that a second Eros sat on the left shoulder. With the life-size bronze replica statue, you are buying a museum- quality masterpiece in which every last detail is correct. The sculpture is customised for you when you buy it. It corresponds to the original in its state of preservation from before 1800.


Historical significance, trivia

This seated figure of Ares, the Roman god of war, was far more famous in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries than it is today. Numerous copies were created based on the Roman model, especially in the Baroque period. The art historian Winckelmann, with his seventh sense for beautiful masculinity, praised them highly. Numerous copies were made for wealthy art collectors, along with many smaller replicas as inexpensive souvenirs. In 1750, a marble copy was given to Frederick II of Prussia as a gift from the French King Louis XV.
He had the Ares placed in the vestibule of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. It still stands there today. A copy of the Ares, cast in bronze in Florence around 1910, found its way into Hermann Göring’s art collection at Carinhall and has stood in front of Spandau Citadel since 1964.

Buy a replica bronze statue in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. Base
The negative mould is a plaster cast of the original made in Rome before 1800. The finished bronze sculpture is of museum quality and corresponds to the original in its state of preservation from before 1800.

Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to the classic bronze casting, you can also buy the Ares Ludovisi replica statue in two other 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 bronze 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 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. Please let us know the exact details when you purchase the bronze replica statue.

Your very personal legacy

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.
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 developed, which continued 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

Ludovisi Ares
Item No.S10
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)158 cm x 79 cm x 121 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£36,700.00