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The New York Kouros By Ryan Badke L6P
Key Facts Archaic statue from around the 7 th Centaury BC. Carved in Attica. (590 – 580 BC) Life size statue at around 1.85m in height (6ft) Made of naxian marble
Context and function Based of ancient Egyptian designs. Found along a road from Athens to Cape Sounion. Found in a tomb stone of a young boy who died young or fell in battle. Its meant to represent perfection in manhood. The Kouros style of statue was believed to serve as grave markers.
Greek Kouros next to Egyptian Statue
History of the statue Archaic statue from around the 7 th Centaury BC. Carved in Attica. It was stored in a tomb for over 2,000 years. It ended up in New York after being bought in 1985 for a sum of between $9 and $12 million dollars, after a year of restoration it was put on display. The wall panel reads “Circa 530 B.C. or modern forgery.”
Korus style A Kouros is a male nude statue. They have their left foot forward Clenched hands High arched eyes Stylized knees Smiling Beaded hair Very well toned muscles Arms by side
Archaic style Archaic smile Beaded hair Restrictive movement Very geometric Basic design Small movement Ear shape
Key points about it Naked apart from a choker and a head band A first for Greek free standing statues Made from Naxian marble Made so it is balanced and can stand on its own Was originally painted
Geometrics Split into 5 main sections: Head, Chest, Abs, Pelvis and legs Uses shapes and images to show muscle and body structure. Uses etching techniques to show muscles. Muscle definition e.g. abs are carved in. Looks like a basic stick figure.
Flaws The muscles are slightly out of proportion. Ears are too far back. Despite being free standing and left leg forward, it looks very rigid, but it was a first in ancient Greek statues. Proportions on the lower torso and hips are out. Has an hour glass figure, not a typical man figure. From the side the bum comes too far out and the back dips to far in. The eyes are huge in comparison to the face. Muscles that don’t exist are present. Stretched face to incorporate for the middle of the body to be the belly button.
What does Woodford say? (page 42) “… the whole statue was knit together in a network of calculated and interlocking patterns.” “The Greek sculptor has produced and illusion of a figure standing on his own two feet.”
QUIZ TIME Question 1) – What period of art was the New York Korus from? And what date was it believed to be made in? – Answer – Archaic period, BC
QUIZ TIME Question 2) – Where was the statue thought to be carved from? And where was it found? – Carved in Attica, found along a road from Athens to Cape Sounion.
QUIZ TIME Question 3) – How tall was the statue and what was it made of? – 1.85m high, made of Naxian marble
QUIZ TIME Question 4) – What does this statue represent, and where was it designed to be displayed? – It represents male body perfection, it was designed to be displayed in a tomb site.
QUIZ TIME Question 5) – The museum in which this statue is situated in has been accused of what? – Forging the statue
QUIZ TIME Question 6) – How do we know this statue is a Korus? – Smile, left leg forward, nude male, clenched hands, stylized knees, beaded hair, well toned muscles, arms down by side
QUIZ TIME Question 7) – How do we know this statue is from the archaic period? – Geometric patter, little movement, little detail, smile, beaded hair, ear shape
QUIZ TIME Question 8) – What was the statue wearing? – A choker and a head band