2 Key FactsThe Kritios Boy (Critius Boy) is a Marble statue of a young boyIt stands at around 1.24 meters tallIt is named after the sculptor initially thought to have made it.It is one of the statues that make up the so called ‘Perserschutt’ or Persian debris. This is the collection of statues buried under the acropolis after the Persian occupation of Athens
3 Location The Kritios Boy was found buried on the Acropolis It now stands on display in the Acropolis Museum in AthensThis means that most of the people who were on the classics trip will have seen this statue
4 Function There is no evidence of any function on the statue As it was found on the acropolis we must assume that itwas used in a religious function
6 Brief History Estimated to have been built from 490 BC-480 BC Damaged during Persian invasion of AthensBuried under Acropolis as part of respect for the GodsExcavated in 1865 without a headHead found in 1888
7 SignificanceThis statue is one of the innovators of actual simulation of weight bearing in statuesThis is shown by the left foot bearing most of the weight while the right foot is bent at the knee, thus bearing less weightIt is also shown by the left hip being slightly raised, simulating tensing the weight bearing side.
8 Interesting facts The Statue seems to have been made in a style which makes it look very similar tobronze statues of the timeAlso, the hair is a distinctly wavy patternwhich was common in bronze statues
9 Interesting facts continued His eyes seem to have been removable asthey are missing from the SculptureThis was also a technique used in bronzestatues
10 What makes it typical/atypical of the Classical eraThis statue is typical of the Classical periodas it starts to bring in more natural featurese.g. weight bearingHowever, the musculature of the boy(whowas seemingly 12) is too much. This showsthe greeks obsession with the perfect bodyIt uses techniques from other materialssculpting e.g. bronze statues
11 What does Woodford say The changes in the pose are small - the weight shifted decisively onto the back legand the head turned slightly in the oppositedirection- but the effect is dramatic
12 Quiz Q1 What is the Latin spelling of Kritios? Q2 How tall is the Kritios boy?Q3 Where was it found?Q4 What time was it estimated to have been built?Q5 What time art period was this is?Q6 When was it excavated?
13 Quiz continued Q7 How does it simulate weight bearing? Q8 What about the statue is afeature normally found on bronze statues?Q9What is special about the eyes of theKritios boy?Q10 What feature from the Archaic perioddid the Kritios boy lack?