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The Berkeley PlatoFrom Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, An Archaeological Detective Story$
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Stephen Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258334

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258334.001.0001

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The Berkeley Plato and the Renaissance

The Berkeley Plato and the Renaissance

The Berkeley Plato and the Renaissance
The Berkeley Plato

Stephen G. Miller

University of California Press

The Berkeley Plato itself provides two clues about its modern history. One is the fact that the phallus socket was filled with plaster just like the Bias now in the Vatican. This clear evidence of a fig-leaf mentality might suggest that the Berkeley Plato was once a part of a papal collection. The second clue is the crude cutting on the back of the left shoulder, which this chapter suggests, as the socket for a brace tying the herm to a wall for purposes of stability. This would mean that the Berkeley Plato was on display at some time and some place before it was sold to Emerson. The discussion also suggests that Ligorio's Plato is the Berkeley Plato, which was in the Teatro Belvedere but never made it to the Capitoline. The Capitoline bust was a replacement for it, as i seen in its use of tainia and mitra.

Keywords:   Berkeley Plato, Vatican, fig-leaf mentality, portrait herms, Ligorio's Plato, Teatro Belvedere

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