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God of Artemisium

Date

460-450 BC

Provenance

Shipwreck, cape of Artemisium

Material

Bronze

Attribution

Unknown

Authenticity

Greek bronze original                     

Subject Matter

Votive – Zeus or Poseidon

Anatomy

Hair radiating from crown.

No eyes in sockets – separate pieces added later.

Based on a human model.

Plaited hair – shows it is a god.

Cuirass aesthetique.

Abdominal muscles so defined it looks like a breastplate.

Pattern and Proportion

Hair only source of pattern.

Head to body ratio 1:7, larger than life-size.

Arms too long for body.

Pose and Realism

No longer has sentry box/relaxed.

Mid action pose.

Pose only possible because of bronze.

Accurately defined muscles.

Best viewed from two angles.

Body should twist at torso but doesn’t.

All weight on one leg.

Counterpoise.

Arms mirror legs.

Drapery

Nude.

Emotion

No archaic smile.

Appropriate for subject matter.


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