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Ludovisi Gaul



Ludovisian Gaul – buy life-size replica online

The Ludovisian Gaul is a marble statue of a Gaul who kills himself and his wife, also known as “The Galatian Suicide”. The Gaul is depicted at the moment when he plunges a sword into his chest and looks defiantly backwards while supporting the dying figure of his wife with his left arm. This is a Roman copy from the early 2nd century A.D. of a Hellenistic bronze original (ca. 230-20 B.C.). One of the bronze statue groups that Attalus I commissioned from Greek sculptors after his victories over the Gauls in Galatia. The Ludovisian Gaul was probably created by the sculptor Epigonus from Pergamon.


Other Roman marble copies from the same project are the equally famous Dying Gaul and the lesser-known Kneeling Gaul.


The group of sculptures first appears in an inventory of the Ludovisi church dated 2 February 1623 and may have been found shortly beforehand on the grounds of the Villa Ludovisi in Rome. The site was part of the gardens of Sallust in antiquity and proved to be a rich source of Roman (and some original Greek) sculptures until the 19th century. One of the last finds in the Villa Ludovisi before the site was built over was the so-called Ludovisi throne.

The sculpture, which is now in the Museo Nazionale di Roma, Palazzo Altemps, Rome, has been much admired since the 17th century. It appears in many old engravings and was described by Audran as one of the sculptures of antiquity that defined the canon of the beautiful proportions of the human body. Nicolas Poussin adapted the figure for the group in the right foreground of his Rape of the Sabine Women, which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The marble statue was copied by François Lespingola for Louis XIV and can still be seen today together with the Laocoon group at the entrance to the Tapis Vert in Versailles; the cast made in preparation for this copy was kept in the Académie Française in Rome (where it still stands today). Ludovisi’s heirs forbade further casts, but in 1816-1819 Prince Luigi Boncompagni Ludovisi sent plaster casts to several personalities, including the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Prince Metternich and Wilhelm von Humboldt.


Antique statue, cast bronze in museum quality

The life-size replica that you can buy from us is produced as a bronze casting using the traditional lost wax technique. The basis for the negative mould required for this is a plaster cast of the original in Rome.


Buy Ludovisian Gaul as marble casting or marble sculpture

In addition to the classic bronze casting, you can buy the life-size replica in two other moulds: In marble cast from powdered genuine white marble. And as a statue newly carved by a sculptor. The sculptor produces the life-size figure by hand from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in this type of work, 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 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 emerged that has continued into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. And we offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of antique sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Ludovisi Gaul
Item No.S29
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)229 cm x 168 cm x 112,5 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£105,000.00