Become a Patron! Apollo Mission
The 10th Become a Patron! campaign has now officially begun! The Louvre invites you to contribute to the acquisition of a ‘National Treasure’: the Apollo Kitharoidos from Pompeii.
This large bronze statuette dating to the 2nd or 1st century BC is a superb depiction of Apollo, the Greek god of the arts, male beauty and light. It was likely used to decorate a Roman villa on the outskirts of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The Apollo survived and lay buried beneath the volcanic ashes, which saved it from a second form of destruction as most ancient bronzes were melted down from antiquity to the Middle Ages for their metal.
Since 1922, when its existence is first recorded, the Apollo Kitharoidos from Pompeii remained in private French collections for nearly a century and was never shown to the general public. Its addition to the Louvre collections would offer us all the opportunity to view this extremely rare and remarkably preserved ancient masterpiece for the very first time.
This major acquisition already benefits from the generous support of the Société des Amis du Louvre, which has contributed over half of the total amount needed. To help bring this artwork into the French public collections, the Louvre is appealing to the generosity of donors to raise at least €800,000 by 28 February 2020.
Thank you for your support!