Wednesday, August 12, 2009


This statue of Demostenes (the famous orator from Athens, 384-322 Bc) is an example of a statue that did not survive as a bronze original. It was originally created by Polyeuktos in 280 Bc to stand in the Athenian Agora and was later copied in marble during the Roman period. The significant of this statue is the move towards the first true Greek portraits, earlier work were more idealising with only some distinct features representing the whole (as Socrates nose). Here we find a statue that actually could be recognized.

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