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Farnese Bull

A remarkable monolithic group of statuary by the Rhodian sculptors Apollonius and Tauriscus, representing the sons of Antiopé binding Dircé to a wild bull. (For the story see Antiopé; Dircé.) This group was found at Rome in the Thermae of Caracalla in a badly mutilated condition, and was restored under the supervision of Michael Angelo and, later, by the Milanese sculptor Bianchi. The boldness and life of the group originally carved from a single block of marble are unrivalled by any similar work. It is represented in the illustration on page 86. The parts restored are the head of the bull, the whole of Antiopé (except the feet), the upper parts of Dircé, and all of Zetheus and Amphion except one torso and one leg. The group is now in the Museo Nazionale at Naples.

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