Apollo Belvedere

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The Apollo Belvedere (also called the Belvedere Apollo, Apollo of the Belvedere, or Pythian Apollo)[1] is a celebrated marble sculpture from classical antiquity.

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Apollo Belvedere
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Artistafter Leochares
YearC. AD 120–140
TypeWhite marble
Dimensions224 cm (88 in)
LocationVatican Museums, Vatican City
Coordinates41°54′23″N 12°27′16″E

The Apollo is now thought to be an original Roman creation of Hadrianic date (c. 120–140 AD), though in a Hellenistic style. The distinctively Roman footwear is one reason scholars believe it is not a copy of an original Greek statue.[2] It was rediscovered in central Italy in the late 15th century during the Italian Renaissance and was placed on semi-public display in the Vatican Palace in 1511, where it remains. It is now in the Cortile del Belvedere of the Pio-Clementine Museum of the Vatican Museums complex.

From the mid-18th century it was considered the greatest ancient sculpture by ardent neoclassicists, and for centuries it epitomized the ideals of aesthetic perfection for Europeans and westernized parts of the world.