Presentation on theme: "Kritios Boy Tim Edwards L6C. Key Facts The Kritios Boy (Critius Boy) is a Marble statue of a young boy It stands at around 1.24 meters tall It is named."— Presentation transcript:
Key Facts The Kritios Boy (Critius Boy) is a Marble statue of a young boy It stands at around 1.24 meters tall It 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
Location The Kritios Boy was found buried on the Acropolis It now stands on display in the Acropolis Museum in Athens This means that most of the people who were on the classics trip will have seen this statue
Function There is no evidence of any function on the statue As it was found on the acropolis we must assume that it was used in a religious function
Brief History Estimated to have been built from 490 BC- 480 BC Damaged during Persian invasion of Athens Buried under Acropolis as part of respect for the Gods Excavated in 1865 without a head Head found in 1888
Significance This statue is one of the innovators of actual simulation of weight bearing in statues This is shown by the left foot bearing most of the weight while the right foot is bent at the knee, thus bearing less weight It is also shown by the left hip being slightly raised, simulating tensing the weight bearing side.
Interesting facts The Statue seems to have been made in a style which makes it look very similar to bronze statues of the time Also, the hair is a distinctly wavy pattern which was common in bronze statues
Interesting facts continued His eyes seem to have been removable as they are missing from the Sculpture This was also a technique used in bronze statues
What makes it typical/atypical of the Classical era This statue is typical of the Classical period as it starts to bring in more natural features e.g. weight bearing However, the musculature of the boy(who was seemingly 12) is too much. This shows the greeks obsession with the perfect body It uses techniques from other materials sculpting e.g. bronze statues
What does Woodford say The changes in the pose are small - the weight shifted decisively onto the back leg and the head turned slightly in the opposite direction- but the effect is dramatic
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?
Quiz continued Q7 How does it simulate weight bearing? Q8 What about the statue is a feature normally found on bronze statues? Q9What is special about the eyes of the Kritios boy? Q10 What feature from the Archaic period did the Kritios boy lack?