Head of an athlete
Italian fine-grained marble. 1st century. Roman work after a Greek bronze original of the 5th century BCE.
Height 22 cm.
Inv. No. A25.
Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Head of an athlete.

Italian fine-grained marble. 1st century. Roman work after a Greek bronze original of the 5th century BCE.
Height 22 cm.
Inv. No. A25.

Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Origin:
Unknown; from the Lyde Browne collection.
Description:
The head, which comes from a statue of a young athlete, is one of the marble replicas, the best known of which is the so-called “Westmacott” athlete, to be found in the British Museum. The young man is donning the victory crown. It is thought that the Greek bronze original, by Polykleitos, represents Kyniskos of Mantineia, a boxer. Pausanias seems to have seen the statue at Olympia.

E. Mavleev, D. Vanhove
Literature:
O. Waldhauer, Die antiken Skulpturen der Ermitage, (Berlin, 1931) no. 99 p. 12 pl. XII—XIII. I. Saverkina, Grečeskaja Skulptura (Leningrad, 1986) no. 24 p. 71. A. Linfert in: Polyklet: Der Bildhauer der griechischen Klassik, Liebighaus, Museum alter Plastik (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1990) no. 114 p. 593.
Credits:
© 1993. Photo, text: OLYMPISM IN ANTIQUITY. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 90 cat. no. 33.
© Photographer — M. Verhasselt (Brussels-Dilbeek).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
Keywords: Italian Italic fine-grained marble portrait head of an athlete youth Westmacott Polycletus Polyklitus Polykleitos Polyklitos Polycleitus Polyclitus Polyklet a boxer Kyniskos of Mantineia from the Lyde Browne collection Inv No A 25 A25
History of Ancient Rome