An eternal image of youthful male
beauty, this statue dazzles us as if it
were a life-sized work. The laurel crown
in his hair identifies the subject as
Apollo, god of learning and the arts.
While the elegant but slender
proportions identify the style as
Hellenistic in the manner of the
sculptor Lysippos. The vanished treasure
he once extended in his hands was
probably made of gold. Looking upon this
superb sculpture--the work of a master--
we do not doubt for a minute that his
beauty is not merely human, but divine.
It is as if the god himself had inspired