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Pio Clementino Museum
Pius Clement Museum

The Belvedere Torso (1st century B.C)
Signed "Apollonios, son of Nestor, Athenian", an artist of the neo-Attic school.

By the 1700s, the Belvedere Torso was revered by scores of sculptors and painters who hailed it as a work of supreme genius. Due to the remarkable influence it had on the creative vision of Renaissance master Michelangelo, nicknamed during his lifetime Il Divino (the divine one), the sculpture gained prominence and became an example of artifact whose beauty and refinement surpasses those of nature.