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Small Kouros
Naxian Sculptor
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Naxian Sculptor

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Small Kouros

Ca. 545 a.C.. Marble. Room 072

The kouroi (“young people)”, statues of nude men with long hair and a somewhat stiff posture, based on Egyptian art, are the most representative sculptures in marble of the Greek Archaic Period. They were created from the seventh century B.C. onwards in the whole of Greece, frequently in monumental size. The statues may represent both humans and gods. On account of its small size, this statue probably served as a votive offering for Apollo or another male deity. The closest parallels come from the island of Naxos.

Technical data

Inventory number
Naxian Sculptor
Small Kouros
Ca. 545 a.C.
Height: 37.5 cm.; Width: 17 cm.; Base/bottom: 12.5 cm.
Bequest of Marius de Zayas, 1944

Bibliography +

Garcia y Bellido, Antonio, La escultura clásica del ''Legado Zayas'', en el Museo del Prado, Archivo Español de Arqueología, 25, 1952, pp. 87-102.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 134.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº437.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 52.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 6-8.

Schröder, Stephan F., Marius de Zayas, el donante reencontrado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXII, 2004, pp. 85 / lám. 6.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, El origen de las colecciones de escultura del Museo del Prado. El Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura, El taller europeo. Intercambios, influjos y préstamos en escultura moderna europea. I Encuentro europeo de museos con colecciones de escultura, 2012, pp. 73-108.



Exhibitions +

La condición humana. Imagen del hombre en el arte
09.05.2004 - 24.09.2004

Location +

Room 072 (On Display)

Update date: 04-12-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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