The Apollo Gallery

We move on to the Apollo Gallery, to the  right of the Christian beliefs space. A large mosaic pavement depicting  Apollo Citharedos and the nine Muses. Inside a frame in plaits, represent a big twisted circle, four different vases where from escape plants of four seasons: flowers, ears, grapes and olives. In the big circle, the central medallion, where appear Apollo and Calliope, elder sister of the Muses, surrounded with eight other medallions representing eight other Muses.

Orpheus Charming the Animals. This mosaic represents Orpheus charming animals. The central square is occupied to angles by a horse, a panther and a bull (45 photo). The circle is divided into several medallions: the first ones are decorated with a sheet(leaf) of ivy cordiforme, the second by birds (peak, parrot, ibis, duck); finally, near Orpheus, mammals which listen to the lyre: tiger, wild boar, zebu, panther and deer. Orpheus, near a tree, represents in the center in a medallion hexagon. Of the scene, there is only a tree, a bottom(stocking) of the garment, the trunk with the belt and a part of the lyre.

The other side of this gallery hosts three divine statues are on display. One of them illustrates Marine Venus holding her drape over her with her right arm and hiding her intimate part with the left hand . Saturn is represented by a life-size marble statue, which is depicting as an old man (senex) standing right, resting on the right leg, with a nude body.

And a statue of Apollo with the awkward knee forward, provided with a little marked muscle structure is only a replica of Apollo Sosianus’s famous statue of Rome, shows it standing, in support on the right leg, indicating an arm up. We recognize easily in him an Apollo by zither an end of which there is only above the left leg (14 Photo). It would be datable of time of Hadrianus or Antonius.

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Vue intérieure des espaces du musée

Interior view of the museum

Vénus Marine

Marine Venus

 

 

 

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