The Hermes of Praxitelis is the most famous statue in the museum of Ancient Olympia. The statue was discovered in the temple of Hera in 1877 by German excavators. The statue shows Hermes to hold in his arms the young God Dionysus. It's really hard to take your eyes away from this sculpture!
The artistc style of Hermes has not been duplicated. It is a miracle.
Seeing this is a once in a lifetime experience. It is an original. Not a Roman copu. Seeing this gives the tourist of the unique enlightenment of Praxiteles, who lived to work.
The museum is well run and easy to navigate round. We came here on our own tour so the leader took us round the key areas to look at and discuss, we found this very useful as it seems there was a lot to look at, some which really didn't mean much compared to other key pieces. Without our guide...
This amazing sculpture is a highlight of the visit. Be sure and wander back to the room housing this exhibit since it isn't in the fore front of the museum. Be sure and walk completely around the statue. Lighting makes it hard to take a good picture without a flash. Our guide shared the complete story of the relationship between...
This is just one of the statues in the Archaeological Museum and whilst I'm not a huge fan of this kind of art, it is very impressive particularly given its age and history. Plus there is lots more in the museum to see so the museum is a must visit and you can't really miss this statue.