- Museum number
Bust of Zeus Serapis in the Sala Rotonda, Vatican (Inv. 245).
- Production date
- 1777 (circa)
Height: 241 millimetres
Width: 178 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Found at Tor Colombaro on the Via Appia in 1771. Restored by Giovanni Pierantoni and acquired in 1772 by the Reverenda Camera Apostolica for the Museo Pio-Clementino. It was taken by Napoleon to Paris in 1798 and remained there until 1815.
The restored rays have since been removed.
See: Georg Lippold, 'Die Skulpturen Des Vaticanischen Museums', III, I, no. 549, pl. 36.
I. Bignamini and C. Hornsby, 'Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Rome' (London 2010), Vol. 1, p.181, no.10.
Ian Jenkins in A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (ed.) 'Grand Tour: The Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century' (1996),p.251.
'Townley refers in his accounts to the same artist variously as 'Pacilli's scholar', 'Vincenzo', or 'Vincenzo Pacetti'...Pacetti was employed on several occasions by Townley as a draughtsman to record sculptures...either things [he]...purchased...or...that he had seen whilst in Rome...This is one of a group of drawings, all of sculptures in the Vatican, commissioned by Townley from Pacetti during [his]...final visit to Rome. An entry in Townley's Account book reads: 9 April 1777 to Vincenzo Pacetti for drawings from heads and figures in the new Vatican Museum.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number