Hermes of Praxiteles (340-330 BC)
Found during the excavations at the temple of Hera in 1877.
The messenger of the gods, charged by Zeus to take the infant Dionysos to the Nymphs, who were to nurse him, rests on the way having thrown his cloak over a tree trunk.
In his raised right arm he was probably holding a bunch of grapes, a symbol associated with the future God of wine. Dionysos reaches out for it.
The sculptor brought out the beautu of the figure by expressing the Olympian serenity of the god's face and the harmony of his body. The highly polished surface adds to the graceful and soft characteristics of the art of Praxiteles.
Parian marble, height 2,13 m.
The calves and the left foot are restored with plaster.