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The Farnese Atlas


The Farnese Atlas is a Roman marble copy of an earlier Greek statue. It depicts Atlas carries a globe on his shoulders, on which the constellations are depicted as they were imagined in the Greco-Roman world. These constellations are of similar form to their counterparts in Harley 647. This sculpture will help demonstrate the roots of this astronomical/astrological iconography in the Classical period, and show that this iconography crosses the boundaries of media.