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Standing Man – Munich King



Munich king statue – original template for the replica

In few antique works are the formal principles of classical sculpture as obvious as in the so-called Munich King, which Ludwig I acquired from the Albani Collection in Paris in 1815. At the time, the statue was regarded as an early classical statue of a god or hero. The ribbon in his hair was seen as a typical attribute of a ruler, hence the name “king”. From today’s perspective, it is more likely that the statue represents Hephaestus, the god of the forge.
The copy offered for sale here is that of a king. Instead of the hammer and metal block typical of Hephaestus, this restoration interpretation holds the sword typical of rulers in one hand and its scabbard in the other.
Even at first glance, the figure, a Roman copy of a Greek original, bears witness to the art of the classical era. The bearded man stands with his weight on his left leg, the right leg is swung backwards and to the side. The resulting tilt of the hips is compensated for by a counter-movement of the upper body. The shifting of weight within the S-shaped curved upper body – known as contrapposto or counter-posture – and the stepped posture of the figure are leitmotifs of Greek classicism.

Due to its rigid physique, which manifests itself sui generis in the powerful legs and the frontally orientated, stocky torso, the lost original of the Munich king must date from around 460 BC. It thus belongs to the so-called austere style of the Early Classical period.


Buy statue Munich King, bronze casting in museum quality

The sculpture offered in our online shop 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 the Glyptothek in Munich.

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.

Patinating the statue of the King of Munich

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 are happy to provide you with samples of the patina in question in advance of your purchase.

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

Standing Man - Munich King
Item No.S23
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)238 cm 114 cm x 73 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