Belvedere Torso

The work in marble signed by Apollonius of Nestor, Athenian is datable to the first century BC, and is considered a copy of a bronze original of the second century BC. Was found in Rome in the early 1500s, and owes its name to its first place in the courtyard of the Belvedere. Michelangelo and Raffaello studied long the work and they were fascinated. Michelangelo would have even refused, according to legend, to restore it judging it too beautiful to be changed.

 

Height 48.4″