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Hermes by Praxiteles

Katakolon, Olympia 27065, Grecia, Olympia 27065, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Olympia
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Hermes holding the Infant Dionysos is one of the great works of art ever. Hermes is polished marble on the front and rough cut on the back. Created by Praxiteles nearly 1900 years before Michelangelo's David it is striking the ability he had in forming this sculpture. Just this piece alone is worth the price of Admission to the Museum.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I wonder why the main photo for this post doesn't represent the statue at all but some tholos instead?! This statue is very well displayed and lit and it is interesting to look at Hermes' face while turning around the statue to discover many different expressions.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Quite a good looking statue but in my opinion there are better statues in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The statue is well displayed as are all other items in this museum and especially the two pediments with one depicting the battle between the Lapiths and the centaurs in the main hall from the temple of Zeus.

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Valley Forge, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Olympia was to see the Hermes by Praxiteles. Most of his sculpture is known only from Roman copies, so this a monumental work and important in future Greek and Roman sculpture.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a well organized and well lit museum. The Hermes by Praxiteles is one of the main highlights, but there is a lot to see.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Just occasionally you come face to face with a piece of art that you just stand in front of and are truly amazed; this is one of them, up there with Michelangelo's David. Truly beautiful, intricate, amazing from every angle. You are just left wondering how Praxiteles, with the tools that he had available, created such an object of beauty.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

They are not words to express the perfection of the statue, from the polish of the marble until the combination of rhythm and naturalism.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is just one of the many treats in store at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. The statue of a man holding a baby (the god Dionysos, whom he's protecting from Hera's jealousy) is made of the "finest" white marble from Paros (an island,) and the front and sides are finely polished, helping to resist corrosion. The back is still... More

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Kalo Nero, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

It one of the masterpieces of Ancient Olympia museum, made from clear white marble from Paros island. Go round it and see many different attitudes and expressions. The perfectiveness of male body of a Greek God Hermes , the messenger of Olympians. Irida was the messenger between Gods and humans. In his arm is the baby God Dionysus.......

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

A really beautiful sight to see while in Olympia. The best sight I saw - worth a visit and a photo stop. Very fascinating.

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