The Pythian Apollo, called the Apollo Belvedere, (sculpture)
Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. I
The son of Latona, in his rapid course, has just overtaken the serpent Python. The mortal dart is already discharged from his dreadful bow, . . . [and] the motion impressed on all his muscles is still preserved. . . . On his countenance the certainty of victory is imprinted, and his eye sparkles with satisfaction at having delivered Delphos from the monster which ravaged its coasts. His hair, lightly curled, flows in ringlets down his neck, or rises with grace to the summit of his head, which is encircled with the "strophium," the distinguishing band of gods and kings. His quiver is suspended across his left shoulder. His robe ("chlamys") attached to the shoulder, turned up on the left arm only, is thrown back, . . . The glow of youth enlivens his elegant person, . . . Julius the second, while a cardinal, purchased this statue, . . . but shortly after having attained the pontificate, he removed it to the Belvedere of the Vatican, where for three centuries it remained the admiration of the world; when a hero, guided by victory, arrived to transplant it, perhaps forever, on the banks of the Seine. . . . The lower part of the right arm and the left hand, which were wanting, have been restored by GiovAnne Angelo de Mentorsoli, sculptor and pupil of Michael Angelo. [Pp. 3-5.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.