Classical Period

Antonio Corso

The Art of Praxiteles V

The last years of the sculptor (around 340 to 326 BC).

Studia Archaeologica, 198
2014, 110 pp., 40 ill. b/n
17 x 24 cm
ISBN: 9788891306555
ISSN: 0081-6299
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    The book is focused on the last works of the most famous late classical sculptor of Greece, the Athenian Praxiteles: his oeuvre from around 340 to his death in 326 BC is analytically considered.
    The most important works of this master considered in this essay are the Eubuleus, the Phryne of Delphi, the Leconfield Aphrodite and the Sleeping Eros.
    The last works of Praxiteles are particularly important because they shed light to the crucial moment of the decline of the free city state and of the rise of the Hellenistic model of monarchy.
    With these creations our artist depicted a world of beautiful tales and of mundane beauty which will be extremely influential during the golden period of the Roman classicism as well as during the post - ancient Renaissances.

    Antonio Corso attended his curriculum of studies in classics and archaeology in Padua, Athens, Frankfurt and London. He published 111 scientific essays which include several tens of articles in peer reviewed periodicals and 10 books in prestigious series.
    The most important areas covered by his studies are the ancient art criticism and the knowledge of classical Greek artists.
    In particular he collected in three books the written testimonia on Praxiteles and in other four books he reconstructed the life and oeuvre of this sculptor.
    He also delivered many lectures and papers in conferences in several academic institutions and was awarded senior fellowships and honours by top research foundations.
    Actually he is holder of a contract with the Centre of Vitruvian Studies.

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    From around 340 to around 335 BC

    56. The Eubuleus

    57. The statue in Pentelic marble of Rhea in the temple of Hera at Plataeae

    58. The statue in Pentelic marble of Hers teleia in the temple of Hera at Plataeae

    59. The statue of Thrasymachus at Thespiae

    60. The marble statue of Trophonius in the sanctuary and temple of this hero at Lebadia

    61. The marble Artemis in the sanctuary and temple of this goddess near Anticyra

    62. The gilded bronze statue of Aphrodite / Phryne on a column in Pentelic marble in the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi


    From around 335 to around 330 BC

    63. The bronze statue of Charidemus of Pitane dedicated by Abydus and set up at Delphi

    64. Sculptures in the late classical altar of the sanctuary of Artemis at Ephesus

    65. The Aphrodite in the Adonium of Alexandria near Mt. Latmus

    66. The Leto at Myra


    From around 330 to 326 BC

    67. Craters

    68. The Sleeping Eros


    Addenda et expungenda

    69 = 4 bis. The statue of Castor



    The life and oeuvre of Praxiteles: a summary of the evidence

    Index of the works of Praxiteles

    General index

    Index of written sources

    Museographic index

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