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The beauty of Ancient Greek and Roman art
4th-Feb-2012 10:11 pm

This is a 2nd century AD Roman copy of a lost Greek original, 440-430 BC, of Pericles, the great Athenian orator and statesman who died in 429 BC.

4th-Feb-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, golden age of Athens! He was one of the greatest men of Greece.

If I am not mistaken, it's a very famous bust (well, the copy), that always chosen to portray Pericles. Would you mind to remind me what museum it is from?
5th-Feb-2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Sorry! Forgot to say it was from the British Museum, London. I've always wondered how that helmet stayed on someone's head tipped back like that.
5th-Feb-2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
It has a calming effect, watching Perikles. The original was made by Krisilas (same period as Feidias). The bust comes from a statue made after Perikle's death depicting him as a standing warrior. The bust is not a real portrait and shows the artist's conception of him. The placing of the helmet is probably a convention.
5th-Feb-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
It makes sense; the sculptor probably wanted helmet on to underline Pericles' status as a warrior, but then he also wanted to show his face. Those helmets probably were meant to be worn only face down but otherwise taken off. Though I am very bad with visualization, it still seems to me if that helmet would be pulled down to close the face, something will be off. But maybe I am wrong; it's hard to believe that sculptor didn't know how those helmets were worn.
5th-Feb-2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Well as far as tradition goes Pericles had a strange long shaped head and he was always trying to hide it by wearing a helmet... so the sculptor may have depicted what he saw!
5th-Feb-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, very interesting, thanks.
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