n Akroterion - Reading between the loins : a curious anomaly in the portrayal of the male physique in Greek sculpture

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The beginning of the Classical period of Greek sculpture marked a decisive break away from the limitations of the Archaic mode. The well-known Kritios Boy (Fig. 3) is regularly used to illustrate how the Greek kouros eventually ''came to life''. The most notable feature, of course, is how the sculptor has accurately shown that the mass of the body is concentrated on the figure's left leg and that this imbalance is reflected in the tilt of the pelvis and a consequent subtle ''S'' curve of the vertical axis, accentuated by the slight turn and downward tilt of the head.

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