After the antique
P R O V E N A N C E: Important and old Dutch private collection, acquired in 1970’s
Bronze Narcissus, standing on a circular base, wearing a wreath in his hair, caries a goat skin wine sack, dark glossy patina.
Narcissus was a hunter and known for his beauty. He is said to have taken a drink of water from a pool and noticed his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. When he realised it was purely an image he died.
The original of the Narcissus was discovered in 1862 in a nondescript house in Pompeii, being the last antique statue found in Italy to enjoy considerable fame. In a book sponsored by Chiurazzi & Fils, the secretary of the Naples Museum, Luigi Conforti, described the figure as the most beautiful bronze ever to have been discovered at Pompeii.