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Sleeping Ariadne

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Sleeping Ariadne – buy replica as marble or bronze statue

This work is the marble sculpture of the sleeping Ariadne. A Roman-Hadrian work based on a Hellenistic bronze sculpture of the Pergamenian school from the 2nd century BC. This Roman marble version is considered one of the most famous sculptures of antiquity. The reclining figure in a chiton tied under her breasts is half reclining, squatting, her outstretched legs crossed at the calves, her head resting on her left arm and her right arm thrown over her head. She was originally identified as Cleopatra because of the snake bracelet on her left upper arm.
There are other Roman copies of this model: one, the “Wilton House Ariadne”, is essentially unrestored, while another, the “Medici Ariadne” found in Rome, was probably heavily reworked in modern times. Two surviving statuettes bear witness to a Roman trade in reductions of this well- known figure. Another version of the sleeping Ariadne can be found in the Prado Museum in Madrid. A later Roman version was found in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome and can be found in the Louvre Museum.
The Sleeping Ariadne depicted here was acquired by Pope Julius II in 1512 and immediately placed in the Belvedere courtyard, which connects the Vatican Palace with the papal casina, the Belvedere, where her neighbours were the recently discovered Laocoon and the Belvedere Apollo.

The replica offered in our online shop is a version of the Vatican original that was slightly adapted by Primatticcio in the 16th century. It was used as the basis for a bronze cast in France for Francis I at the Château de Fontainebleau. The pose was slightly altered and the limbs of the sleeping nymph were lengthened slightly. The plaster cast that serves as the model for our replica on offer here was made from this bronze.


Antique statue, 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 plaster cast of the bronze statue in Fontainebleau, which in turn is based on the Vatican marble original.

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 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.

Patination of the statue Sleeping Ariadne

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of all bronze statues available to buy in our online shop. 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 the patina in question 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 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

Sleeping Ariadne
Item No.S35
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)111 cm x 240 cm x 96,5 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