Zeus of Otricoli

The Zeus of Otricoli is an Ancient Roman bust found in Otricoli in 1775 during the excavation financed by Pope Pius VI. It is on display in the Sala Rotonda of the Pio-Clementine Vatican Museum.[1]

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The bust is presumed to be a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original. While some attributed the bust as a copy of the statue of Phidias at Olympia, numismatic reproductions of that famous statue would suggest otherwise.[2] It appears to be more likely from subsequent centuries.


  1. ^ De Montebello, Philippe; Howard, Kathleen (1983). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. p. 177.
  2. ^ Mach, Edmund von (1907). The Fine Arts: A University Course in Sculpture, Painting, Architecture and Decoration in Their History, Development and Principles. 1. National Art Society. p. 271.