Inspired by Cody's post of the pugilist statue, this thread is for our favorite works of ancient Greek art. What's your fave and why? Favorite medium or period? Post a picture and discuss!
Well, most Greek sculpture survives from Roman copies. This definitely looks more classical in style, 5-4c as opposed to more Hellenistic 4-2c BC.
just had to show up Will with your bigger more muscular herakles....
Except Herakles is almost always shown with a small penis in ancient greek art.
Possibly my Favourite Greek sculpture (Roman copy), The Boxer of Quirinal (or Terme Boxer). It is from about 330 B.C.E. and currently resides in the National Museum of Rome.
This sculpture just makes me ask so many questions... did he just suffer a great defeat... was he victorious but badly hurt in the process? I like to think that he was victorious in a great battle... and they are calling him up for his next match.
I've come back and looked at these pictures a few times since you first posted them, and I too wonder what is going on. At whom is he looking? Is he about to speak, and what would he say? Would he tell of his great battles of the past, the legends with whom he stood toe to toe, neither giving an inch? His victiories and defeats? Could he tell from whence he got each scar? Or is he a battered hulk, a Spinks or a Duran or a Cooney, unable to string together a sentence, and forever mumbling incomprehensibly having taken too many blows? Are his best days behind him, and he is on his way out, or is he drawing up for one last battle, to remind his opponents of who he was, and who he is still?
ya... they got obsessed with "real" people during the Hellenistic era.
These are really great pieces that amaze with their technical skill and pathos.
Those are still awesome statue groups, much of it obviously influenced by Greek ideas and techniques inflected through Rome. The musculature of the upper body seems so very Greek, although they left out the heroic nudity. The gravity of the body is perfectly balanced by the fluidity and levity of the garment. Absolutely beautiful.