Old Drunkard

Old Drunkard

Date late 3rd or late 2nd century BCE

Movement Greek | Hellenistic

Medium Marble

Height 36”

Provenance Merchant clubhouse, Berytus, Delos

Housed at Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Munich


Hellenistic Realism emerged later in the era, showcasing the harsher realities of life. The subject matter of this piece, and details like the woman’s wrinkles and sagging skin, show a much more brutal truth than the smooth, idealistic planes of the faces of sculptures in the Classical or even early Hellenistic periods.