An examination of the riace bronze statue a and b

Argos, Delphi and Olympia were three prominent Greek sites for dedicated sculpture of the highest quality, and all three were vulnerable to official plundering following the Roman occupation.

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We also see here a step closer to the contrapposto stance. Further explorations undertaken in by a joint Italian-American team of archaeologists identified the foundations of an Ionic temple on this slowly subsiding coast.

MaiS. On coming back from here you see statues of Polyneicesthe son of Oedipusand of all the chieftains who with him were killed in battle at the wall of Thebes.

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It is very close to his head with no loose strands except for below the headband. Statue A, possibly Tydeus History and origin[ edit ] The most popular theory is that two separate Greek artists created the bronzes about 30 years apart around the 5th century BC. Mai , S. These men Aeschylus has reduced to the number of seven only, although there were more chiefs than this in the expedition, from Argos, from Messene , with some even from Arcadia. Statue B, on the other hand, portrays an older more mature warrior hero with a relaxed pose and a kind and gentle gaze. Ruggiero, and F. Early , expert art restorers Cosimo Schepis also known as Nuccio Schepis and Paola Donati began restoration work on the Riace bronzes. They belong to a transitional period from archaic Greek sculpture to the early Classical style, disguising their idealized geometry and impossible anatomy under a distracting and alluring "realistic" surface. Gallo, R. He is less upright than Warrior A because of this posture. It is conjectured that the bronze sculptures may represent Tydeus and Amphiaraus respectively, two warriors from the Seven Against Thebes monumental group in the polis of Argos , as Pausanias noted. The whole was then covered in clay fixed to the core at certain points using iron rods.

These men Aeschylus has reduced to the number of seven only, although there were more chiefs than this in the expedition, from Argos, from Messenewith some even from Arcadia.

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Warrior A: cm. In their right arms they held, in an almost vertical position, perhaps a lance or spear which have not survived either but the lead fixture and corresponding grooves in the arms are still clearly visible. On coming back from here you see statues of Polyneices , the son of Oedipus , and of all the chieftains who with him were killed in battle at the wall of Thebes. It seems that the two nudes originally formed part of a votive group in a large sanctuary. Among their company were also Euryalus , son of Mecisteus , and Adrastus and Timeas , sons of Polyneices. This metal was the favourite of Greek artists but, because it was always in demand for reuse in later periods, very few complete sculptures no more than 12 have survived. Statue A Both statues sport beards and both strike a very similar pose. Ruggiero, and F. Restoration work on the two bronze sculptures was completed in

Accessed November 13, One week later, on August 21, statue B was taken out of the water, and two days after that it was the turn of statue A.

Their lips and nipples are made of copper.

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They both have both their feet resting on the ground with the left leg slightly forward of the right, and both are turning ever so slightly to the right. They are fine examples of contrapposto - their weight is on the back legs, making them much more realistic than with many other Archaic stances.

The wax was then melted out and molten bronze poured into the space once occupied by the wax.

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"Riace Warriors" by Catherine E. Olson