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Eros breaking a bow

The god Eros in a full body sculpture in the garden of Zappeion.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1924 The sculpture was positioned.

    1997 Last restoration.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

“Eros breaking a bow” is a full-body marble statue, depicting the god Eros breaking a bow with his leg. This is a fine example of early 20th century sculpture and is well positioned inside the garden of Zappeio. It is quite similar in its depiction of the bending of the body and facial expression with the “small fisherman” also located in this garden. The curve of its back lends a sense of movement and dynamism to the hands. 

What I can't see

It was designed in the late 19th century and won an award in Paris in 1900. The sculptor was Georgios Vrutοs (1843-1908). The wings of Eros have broken many times in the past and the last restoration of the sculpture was made by the Directory of Conservation of Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture.


  • Address: Zappeion Garden


Antonopoulou Z., (2007), Η νεότερη γλυπτική στον κήπο του Ζαππείου, παρελθόν, παρόν και μέλλον, [Modern sculpture in Zappeion Garden, past, present and future, in Monumenta,,

Last visit 28/1/2013


Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική1834-2004 [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor sculpting 1834-2004], Potamos