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Bronze statuette of a youth dancing

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
7 15/16in. (20.1cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.94
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
This beautiful bronze captures a moment when the full achievement of Classical art began to be used for the representation of a single, transitory state. The youth is nude except for a crown of myrtle, an attribute of followers of the god Dionysos. His pose no longer dictates one primary view, for his torso and legs assume a true contrapposto, and his downward glance reinforced by the direction of the arms makes a rather tight spiral of the whole composition. There is a perfect congruence among all parts of the figure, but the shifts in direction evident from every angle maintain an effect of instability and impermanence.
Said to be from Knidos

1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 45, p. 9, New York: The Century Association, New York.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 45, p. 9, pl. 11, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 143, p. 37, pl. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 51, pp. 70–71, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 31, pp. 11, 46–47.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 51, pp. 70–71, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brandt, Kathleen Weil-Garris, Cristina Acidini Luchinat, James David Draper, and Nicholas Penny. 1999. Giovinezza di Michelangelo no. 63, pp. 384–85, Florence: Artificio Skira.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 236, pp. 200–1, 451, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 2, p. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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