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Vignacce Marsyas 3D Model
Roman marble sculpture of Marsyas.
In Greek myth, Marsyas challenged the god Apollo to a music contest, the winner of which could treat the defeated however he chose. Marsyas, of course, lost the contest, which was judged by the Muses, followers of Apollo. Apollo then strung Marsyas up and flayed him alive.
The outcome of the myth is shown here rendered in red and white marble. A rather graphic work of art, it would have reminded ancient viewers of the dangers of hubris, insolent pride.
The Vignacce Marsyas was found in situ in 2009 at the Villa delle Vignacce by the American Institute for Roman Culture, and is now in the Museo Centrale Montemartini.
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