It was discovered in 1545 in Rome, in the gymnasium of the Baths of Caracalla, attributed to two sculptors of Rhodes, Apollonius and Taurisco, so dated in the late second century BC. It's one of the greatest sculptures from the antiquity, so that have been called mountain of marble. The marble group representing the punishment of Dirce, punished by Amphion and Zethus, sons of Antiope, who tied her to a bull to kill her as revenge for mistreatment by their mother. The work was restored in the '500 when Michelangelo was called to direct the work at the Palazzo Farnese also dealing with the placement of sculptures in marble. Arriving in Naples, the opera was first placed in the Royal Passage of Chiaia before moving, in 1826, the Archaeological Museum of Naples.


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