«Les Célébrités du Juste Milieu»
(Celebrities, mainly parliamentarians), 36 bronze busts,
From 2600 B.-C. the Greeks copied the Greeks during many centuries before the Romans went on to copy them and we do not know for sure whether artists played an active role in the casting of pieces.
Many Roman founders came to copy Greek sculptures to meet the increasing demands of rich patrons before the Romans themselves started to carry out their own productions, which were in turn copied in many places of the Roman Empire. Many pieces that are appearing on the market should thus be considered as replicas of original sculptures often made one or two centuries before these copies were cast despite that fact they do sell quite well on the market where they are described as antique works.
During the Renaissance period, many sculptors were inspired by works that had been unearthed from Roman ruins, notably an equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus-Aurelius from the Second Century as well as other famous pieces, and the only bronze sculptures of that time considered as genuine are those held in Museums for which researchers have been able to pinpoint their history from the day they appeared.