Castor and Pollux

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Geoffrey Marchal
published on 19 April 2017

Castor and Pollux, or Kastor and Polydeukes or ‘Iidefonso group’. Plaster, The Royal Cast Collection (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with Memento Beta (now ReMake) from AutoDesk. The original dated about 25 BCE. Earlier in Sallust’s gardens, Rome. Tilhzreri day Museo del Prado, Madrid. New acquisition from 2004.

It is thought that the figure group envisioned the two mythological twins Castor and Polydeukes. But it could also be an anonymous grave marker or a small altar; the subject is not unique. The sculpture is an example of how Roman sculptors copied sculptures employing various Greek ideals and thereby created new motifs.

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