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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Herculaneum Women are three statues of draped women from the Herculaneum, discovered by Prince d'Elboeuf's workmen in 1711. He presented the sculptures as a gift to Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna.

The sculptures are known today as the Large and Small Herculaneum Women.

After Eugene's death in 1736 Augustus III, elector of Saxony and king of Poland, purchased the statues to complement the royal antiquities collection in Dresden. Housed in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since the end of the 19th century, the Herculaneum Women are centerpieces of the Dresden antiquities collection.

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