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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Fragment of a Sarcophagus
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 240
Creation End Date: 250
Creation Date: Imperial Period, 240/250 A.D
Creation Place: Early Western World,Roman Republic and Empire
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: W.: 96 cm (37-5/16 in.); W.: 130.5 cm (51-3/8 in); D. 22 cm (8-5/8 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1983.584
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of the Alsdorf Foundation
Subject Description: This fragment appears to show the heroes grouped around Meleager at the time of the hunt for the Calydonian boar. Atalanta sits at the right, and Herakles is seated with his club at the left. Meleager, standing with his foot on a rock between two other companions, has been made to resemble the heroic or divine Macedonian king, Alexander the Great. Perhaps this is because the scene on the sarcophagus was based on a painting of the period around 300 to 200 B.C. in which Meleager's hunt and tragic death were equated with Alexander the Great's conquests and his own untimely demise at Babylon in 323 B.C. Alexander was a great hunter as well as a great general, and his life ended by decree of the Fates, the same three sisters who had doomed Meleager to die by hitching his thread of life to a firebrand.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1983.584
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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