Cast Ancient Greek Statues
The Hellenic Museum has a collection of cast statues from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Greek National Archaeological Museum. The statues showcase sculptures from different epochs of Ancient Greece.
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The Youth of Antikythera (ca 340 - 330 BCE)
This Late Classical Period bronze sculpture depicts ancient Greek ideals of male beauty and strength. Detailed musculature, like that seen in this sculpture, was a way for sculptors to display their skill in bringing to life raw materials like bronze.
Aphrodite of Milos (late 2nd century BCE)
This statue is perhaps better known as the Venus d e Milo, with the marble original housed in the Louvre, Paris. Sculpted in the late Helenistic Period, it depicts Classical beauty but in a twisting pose that came much later than the Classical Period. Her partial nudity suggests she is Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. However, there have been suggestions that she is Artemis or a Danaid (one of the 50 daughters of Danaus in Greek mythology), but with any attributes and symbols missing from the broken sculpture, her identity is not certain.
Zeus of Artemision (ca 450 BCE)
Found in an ancient shipwreck in two pieces, this Late Classical bronze sculpture was presumably on route to Italy, as a result of either export or looting. The severe pose represents the techniques of the Early Classical Period, before the stances became more naturalistic in the Late Classical Period. His beard and powerful pose indicate that he is likely to be a powerful, older generation god. The statue is generally thought to be Zeus, and would have been holding his lightning bolt, or alternatively Poseidon striking with his trident.
The Diadem Wearer (Roman copy (ca 10 BCE) of a Greek bronze original (450-425 BCE)
The Greek original of this statue was a bronze by the renowned Classical sculptor Polykleitos. This reproduction is of an ancient Roman copy of the ancient Greek original. The Roman copy was done in marble, with the tree stump added to support the marble. The figure is a young male with an idealised body, thought to be an athlete tying the knot of his diadem, signifying his victory.
Hermes and the Infant Dionysos (late 4th century BCE)
This sculpture is thought to be the work of Praxiteles, one of the most popular sculptors of the late Classical Period. Depicting Hermes, the messenger god, and an infant Dionysos who grew to become the god of wine, revelry, theatre and music. When Hera learned of Zeus’ affair and the infant, Zeus ordered Hermes to hide the infant in the mountains, where he grew up with the mountain nymphs.
Delphi Charioteer (ca 480 BC)
The statue originally stood on a quadriga (chariot with four horses) and was dedicated by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Syracuse, to Apollo of Delphi. It commemorates the tyrant’s victory in a chariot race during the Pythian Games of 478 BC. Found in the ruins of Delphi, the famous charioteer (iniochos) is highly regarded amongst the great masterpieces of Ancient Greece. The temple housing the sculpture was completely destroyed and only the charioteer survived.
Kouros of Volomandra (ca. 570-560 BC)
This statue of a kouros was named after the place in Attica where it was discovered, on the site of an ancient burial ground. In Ancient Greek kouros means "youth, boy, especially of noble rank”. This statue probably stood on the grave of an athlete or a warrior who died around 560 BC. It stands out for its natural proportions and radiant smile.