No. D 17
Date Range: before 480 BC
H. 0, 86 m
Material: Parian marble
Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum

  • Kritios Boy general view
  • Kritios Boy side view
  • Kritios Boy detailed view

The so-called Kritios Boy received his name from his executive artist, Kritios. However, it is still doubtful if it was really Kritios who created this sculpture. It was made shortly before 480 BC and found in the so-called “Perserschutt” (“Persian debris”, “Persian rubble”) on the Athenian Acropolis.
The forearms are slightly raised. The head is inclined and his eyes are not looking to the beholder. The eyes were originally inserted with colored material. The boy has a round chin and emphasized cheeks.
The exceptional drapery of his hair, the so-called Kritios Boy puff, was named after him. It first emerged in the beginning of the 5th century BC. He is wearing a broad, rounded hairband around his head. To create the puff, concentric strands of hair were wound around the band.
The statue could have been a votive offering after a victory at the Panathenaic Games.

(S.R.)

Bibliography

P. C. Bol, Der Strenge Stil der frühen Klassik. Stehende männliche Figuren, in: P. C. Bol (Hrsg.), Die Geschichte der antiken Bildhauerkunst II (Mainz 2004) 2f.
F. Gerke, Griechische Plastik. In archaischer und klassischer Zeit (Zürich-Berlin 1938) 42f.
R. Lullies, Griechische Plastik. Von den Anfängen bis zum Beginn der Römischen Kaiserzeit4(München 1979) 67
W. Martini, Die archaische Plastik der Griechen (Darmstadt 1990) 267-269

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