4th century BC / 1st or 2nd century AD
The Albertina Foundation
The model after which the bronze was cast was either a Roman marble copy of the original by Leochares from the latter part of the 4th century BC or an original Roman work from the 1st or 2nd century AD. Musei Vaticani, Cortile del Belvedere, Rome
The Ørsted Parken near Nørre Voldgade
Ellinor Wesche: Friluftskunsten i København, København 1932, 52-53. Charles Haugbøll: Ørstedsparken, København 1933, 30, 37-38, 49. Monumenter Mindesmærker og Statuer i København Frederiksberg og Gjentofte, København 1944, 30. Legatet 'Albertina'. I anledning af legatets 80 aars dag den 18. november 1959, København 1959, 7-8, 12. Hovedstadens monumenter mindetavler museer. En vejviser, København 1962, 66. Bent Zinglersen: Københavnske monumenter og mindesmærker, København 1974, 221. Dyveke Helsted, Torben Holck Colding & Torben Melander: Albertina. Et legats historie gennem 100 år 1879-1979, København 1979, 44-45. Francis Haskell & Nicholas Penny: Taste and the Antique, London 1981, 8. Anne Højer Petersen: Skulptur i København – 40 udvalgte værker, København 1996, nr. 28. Jens Peter Munk: Bronze & granit. Monumenter i Københavns Kommune, København 2005, 162-63. Mette Moltesen & Jan Zahle: Carl Jacobsen's Ideas for Exhibiting Sculpture in Public: in Parks, ind the First and Second Glyptotek and in the Royal Cast Collection in Copenhagen i: Gipsabgüsse und antike Skulpturen. Präsentation und Kontext, udg. Charlotte Schreiter, Berlin 2012, 213, 233.
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The statue's fame dates from the 15th century, when only a small number of ancient statues were known. During the 18th century, thanks to Winckelmann, it became the classical ideal for the fashioning of the male body in sculpture. Thorvaldsen's "Jason" was accordingly strongly influenced by the figure of Apollo.
Apollo is portrayed as a naked youth with a cape over his shoulder and a quiver on his back. The slender god is striding quickly forward. He has presumably had a bow in his left hand and a laurel branch in the right. Other theories are that he has been holding Marsyas' skin or a bag on his chest containing the head of Medusa.
The byname derives from the fact that the wing of the Vatican where the statue is kept has the name of Belvedere.