Contract signed to renovate building to house Croatian Apoxyomenos museum

place: Mali Lošinj, Croatia
The mayor of the northern Adriatic island town of Mali Lošinj, Gari Capelli, and the consortium of bidders Radnik d.d. last Thursday signed a contract on the renovation of the town's Kvarner palace, which is to house a museum dedicated to the ancient statue Apoxyomenos.

The ancient bronze statue Apoxyomenos, the figure of a young athlete (h. 192 cm), was found in 1996 by a Belgian tourist, M. René Wouters, under the sea off the little island of Vele Orjule, near Lošinj in Croatia. The statue was lying on a sandy seabed, stuck between two rocks, at a depth of approximately 45 m.

In 1998, this find, of incalculable value, was reported to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

The Ministry of Culture took over the coordination of the project, which envisaged systematic submarine archaeological exploration, the raising of the statue and its conservation-restoration.

The raising action involved experts from the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Museum in Zadar, as well as Special Police and professional divers.

The statute was finally brought to the surface on April 27 ( which is, by the way, my birthday, so we can celebrate together), 1999, and during June that year, extensive underwater investigations at the site were carried out in quest of any other valuable finds there might be.

After seven years of extremely extensive conservation and restoration operations,Apoxyomenos is ready to be presented to the public.

The Croatian Apoxyomenos, then, is an athlete who has just completed his bout or his exercise and is shown at a moment of relaxation when he is totally intent on cleaning his body.
The Academicians date this type of statue to about the middle of the 4th century BC and concludes that the statue from the seabed of Vele Orjule is most likely a Hellenistic copy of the 1st-2nd century BC.

(Source: Hina)

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(D.H., 13.02.2012)