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Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo, fourth-century  B.C., Greece

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Description from Wiki:  ”The over-lifesize Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo is a Greek bronze statue, whose refinement and rapprochement with the manner of Praxiteles has made it a subject of discussion.

Though the satyr is missing both arms, one leg and its separately-cast tail (originally fixed in a surviving hole at the base of the spine), its head and torso are remarkably well-preserved despite millennia spent at the bottom of the sea. The satyr is depicted in mid-leap, head thrown back ecstatically and back arched, his hair swinging with the movement of his head. The facture is highly refined; the whites of his eyes are inlays of white alabaster.

Though some have dated it to the 4th century BCE and said it was an original work by Praxiteles or a faithful copy, it is more securely dated either to the Hellenistic period of the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE, or possibly to the “Atticising” phase of Roman taste in the early 2nd century CE. A high percentage of lead in the bronze alloy suggests its being made in Rome itself.

The Dancing Satyr soon after its recovery, 1998

The torso was recovered from the sandy sea floor at a depth of 500 m (1600 ft.) off the southwestern coast of Sicily, on the night of March 4, 1998, in the nets of the same fishing boat (operating from Mazara del Vallo, hence the sculpture’s name) that had in the previous year recovered the sculpture’s left leg. Other well-known underwater finds of Greek bronzes have been retrieved from the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, generally from shipwreck sites: the Antikythera mechanism, the Antikythera Ephebe and the portrait head of a Stoic discovered by sponge-divers at Antikythera in 1900, the Mahdia shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia, 1907; the Marathon Boy off the coast of Marathon, 1925; the standing Poseidon of Cape Artemision found off Cape Artemision in northern Euboea, 1926; the horse and Rider found off Cape Artemision, 1928 and 1937; the Getty Victorious Youth found off Fano on the Adriatic coast of Italy; the Riace bronzes, found in 1972; and the Apoxyomenos recovered from the sea off the Croatian island of Lošinj in 1999.

Restoration at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Rome, included a steel armature so that the statue can be displayed upright. When first displayed to the public after conservation (in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, from 31 March to 2 June 2003), it was hailed as the finest new discovery in Italian waters since the Riace bronzes were found in 1972. On 12 July 2003 it returned to Mazara del Vallo, where it is on permanent display in the Museo del Satiro in the church of Sant’Egidio. There, it is provided with an anti-seismic base, to secure it against tremors in this earthquake zone. From 23 March to 28 June 2007 it toured to the Louvre for their Praxiteles exhibition, and an associated Louvre interactive installation, “Connaître la forme” (“Know your form”), displayed a replica of it lit in various ways to demonstrate the importance of lighting in displaying a sculpture.”  HERE

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Three Studies of a Helmet, Albrecht Durer c. 1503

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Three Studies of a Helmet, Albrecht Durer c. 1503

Late modern capital 
London, c. 1869 (Museum of London)
"This capital was removed from a pillar in one of the 12 retort houses at the gasworks. Coal was heated at high temperature in the retort houses to produce the gas. The object was given to the London Museum by the North Thames Gas Board in 1972."

Late modern capital 

London, c. 1869 (Museum of London)

"This capital was removed from a pillar in one of the 12 retort houses at the gasworks. Coal was heated at high temperature in the retort houses to produce the gas. The object was given to the London Museum by the North Thames Gas Board in 1972."

Capital and base of a column
Sebald Beham (engraver), 1545 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Engraving made for the “De Architectura”, from the roman architect Vitruvius.

Capital and base of a column

Sebald Beham (engraver), 1545 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Engraving made for the “De Architectura”, from the roman architect Vitruvius.

Medieval double capital 

Languedoc, France (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Medieval capital
Probably from the Palace of Madinat al-Zahra, Spain (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Medieval capital

Probably from the Palace of Madinat al-Zahra, Spain (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Medieval capitals 

Abbaye of Notre-Dame de Cruas, France

Medieval capital 
Benedictine Abbey-Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vézelay, France

Medieval capital 

Benedictine Abbey-Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vézelay, France

Medieval capitals 

Abbey-Church of Saint-Foy, Conques, France

Medieval capital 
Campania, Southern Italy (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Medieval capital 

Campania, Southern Italy (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Medieval capital 
Saint-Martin du Canigou, Casteil, France

Medieval capital 

Saint-Martin du Canigou, Casteil, France