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Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Archaic Greek Art (7th-6th centuries BC)
© 1997 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Archaic Greek Art (7th-6th centuries BC)
The bronze kouros from the Gillet collection illustrates one of the major statuary types of the Archaic period. The figurine observes strict conventions-the effect of religious conservatism. The progress made in the observation and mastery of anatomy are already discernible, as are the signs of a specific stylistic language. The statuette, which has a spherical head, broad shoulders, a narrow pelvis, and powerful muscles, is in the Argive tradition.
Kouroi: Religious figures with a conventional schema
The Louvre bronze collections were enriched in 1973, thanks to the generosity of the Gillet family, by a male statuette illustrating one of the major types in Greek sculpture of the Archaic period: the kouroi. The figurine observes strict conventions that were the result of religious conservatism, owing to the votive function of the object: it shows a young male nude, presented in a frontal pose, with his arms by his sides and his leg left slightly advanced.
A creation of a workshop in Argos
The statuette is similar to the imposing figures of Cleobis and Biton, two marble
All three demonstrate the sculptor's wish, by employing a distinct stylistic language, to signal that they belong to a civic community. Several fragments of statuettes and a rich collection of terracottas, discovered in the temple of Aphrodite in Argos itself, present similar features that seem to confirm the attribution of this small kouros to the body of Argive works.
A pretext for the study of human anatomy
The Louvre bronze appears to be less strictly geometric than the large statues in Delphi. The
BibliographyC. Rolley, La sculpture grecque. 1- Des origines au milieu du Ve siècle, Paris, 1994, p. 168-169, fig. 147.C. Rolley, Les bronzes grecs, Paris, 1983, p. 86-87, fig. 64.C. Rolley, "Une statuette archaïque au Musée du Louvre", Revue Archéologique, 1975, 1, p. 3-12. N. Duval, "Un petit" kouros "archaïque en bronze", Revue du Louvre, 1974, p. 313-318.
Vers 575 - 570 avant J.-C.
H. : 17 cm.
Don Gillet, 1973
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