“Lansdowne Dionysus” Returns to Santa Barbara Museum of Art

  • Landsdowne Dionysus, Roman.  1st half of the 2nd Century (100 – 150 CE) Marble, Museum purchase w/the Ludington De-accessioning Fund, 2009.1.1

    Landsdowne Dionysus, Roman. 1st half of the 2nd Century (100 – 150 CE) Marble, Museum purchase w/the Ludington De-accessioning Fund, 2009.1.1

    Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Acquired in 2009, the “Lansdowne Dionysus” returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) after a sojourn at the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Antiquities Conservation Department.

The over life-size fragment weighs in at over 900 lbs and dates from somewhere between 100-150 CE.  As the statue is missing its head and most of its limbs, its identification as Dionysis, God of Wine, was made via his apparel.

Originally unearthed from a bog at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli in the mid-1700s, the sculpture was discovered along with many other marble treasures from classical antiquity.  Like his compatriot, the “Lansdowne Heracles,” who resides permanently at the Getty Villa, the “Dionysus” was purchased in the late 1700s by the first Marquess of Lansdowne, a British statesman and avid art collector.

The sculpture has been painstaking restored, in a collaborative effort between the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Getty Villa. 

Conservators had to contend with not only the passage of centuries, but also damaging restoration that had taken place over previous years.

“Lansdowne Dionysus” was acquired during the dispersal of the estate of Wright Ludington, prominent patron and one of the founders of the SBMA.  The sculpture resided for many years in the garden of Ludington’s Montecito, Calif., home.  It is now on display in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Ludington Court, joining the “Lansdowne Hermes,” also on view.

(Report: Christine Bolli for ARTFIXdaily)

 

More News Feed Headlines

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Sunlight and Shadow, 1884, oil on canvas, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of Art, 1932.4

Before Twitter, There Was 'The Tiff,' a Cutting-Edge Painting that Captured a Moment

  • February 22, 2018 18:00

A brief exchange, perhaps heated, executed quickly to capture a moment. Sounds like a Twitter ...

Read More

Field Museum

Supreme Court Rules Against Terrorism Victims Who Sought Items From Chicago Museums

  • February 21, 2018 20:20

The Supreme Court denied a transfer of Persian artifacts from Chicago museums to U.S. survivors ...

Read More

Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • February 20, 2018 20:24

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her ...

Read More

A terra-cotta horse and warrior from the Franklin Institute’s exhibit.

Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

  • February 19, 2018 22:28

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

 
Capital Collections Estate Auction - Weschler's

ArtfixDaily Artwire