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Daughter of Niobe sculpture can be seen in the Terme Museum, Rome. It was uncovered near the gardens of Sallust. It is made from Parian marble. The figure may have been part of a temple pediment, either from southern Italy or southern Greece. It may have been carved before the construction of the Parthenon. The sculpture may have been Paionios of Mende, a Macedonian, who also made the flying Nike at Olympia.
This statue dramatizes the myth of Niobe—whom Homer described in the Iliad as proud and arrogant—the daughter of Tantalus and the wife of Amphion, the founder of Thebes. Niobe thinks she’s better than the goddess Latona because she has fourteen children whereas Latona has only two. Offended, Latona sends her two children, Apollo and Artemis, to punish Niobe. They proceed to slay all fourteen children with poison arrows. The sculpture represents of the Niobe’s daughter at the moment of her slaying.
Craig took this picture for Pro Romanis several years ago on a photographic expedition to Rome. Craig Phares is a photographer, artist, designer, and programmer. He built his first game on a TI-85 calculator when he should have been doing math homework, and has never stopped, creating numerous jaw-dropping digital masterpieces for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. Craig studied sculpture at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, while constantly improving his design and programming skills on his own time. He went on to work for several advertising agencies, finally leaving to form his own company. Craig is the founder of Six Overground, a progressive digital agency focused on building full-scale digital platforms. His company has produced award-winning work for major brands and corporations including Citigroup, Estée Lauder, Havaianas HBO, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, NFL, U.S. Air Force, and USDA. When he’s not glued to a computer monitor, you’ll find him in the real world, dreaming up the next big thing. To learn more about Craig, visit his website at http://sixoverground.com/about/.