Statue of “Capitoline Gaul”

Statua del "Galata Capitolino"
60 BC (approximately) - 40 BC (approximately)
Material and technique: 
alt. 93 cm, Plinto larg. 0.89 lung. 1.865
Francia (1797 - 1816); Roma, Campidoglio, Palazzo Nuovo, Musei Capitolini, Salone (1737 - 1797)
S 747

The Celtic warrior lies naked, semi-reclining on his shield, supporting his body, bent with pain, with his right hand resting on the ground; his face contracted with pain looks downwards. The left hand is abandoned on the right leg, bent and with the foot placed under the left leg almost fully extended. On the chest, blood gushes copiously from the moral wound.
The figure is ethnically characterised by the moustache, the hair broken up into long shaggy locks and the torques, a typical Gaulish ornament.
The oval shield with enlarged central spine is also a typical Celtic weapon; the curved trumpet, the cornu, with its suspension wire, is also depicted on the base.

The hall

Palazzo Nuovo - Sala del Gladiatore

The centre of the room features the so-called "Dying Galatian", one of the best-known and most important works in the museum. 
It is a replica of one of the sculptures in the ex-voto group dedicated to Pergamon by Attalus I to commemorate the victories over the Galatians in the III and II centuries BC.

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