Unknown artist, Roman
Male figure, 1st century CE
114 x 54.6 x 31.8 cm (44 7/8 x 21 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 26.159
This piece was long considered to be a statue of a standing athlete tying a victory fillet around his head. However, close observation of the figure’s anatomical features suggest instead that he was in dynamic movement: he was lunging forward with most of his weight borne by a bent left leg (now missing) and his right leg was actively extended behind him.
The cavity between the shoulders indicates that the statue’s neck area was prepared to receive a portrait head. This sort of athletic body type in sculpture became very popular in the Roman world and was used extensively in honorary portraits. As a type, it was favored by imperial and non-imperial persons alike, as the individual was paid tribute by his presentation in heroic nudity.(April 6, 2001 – January 2, 2009)
Contributions byRidgway, Brunilde Sismondo
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1972
TypeMonographs and CollectionsRethinking the RomansNew Views of Ancient Sculpture
Edited BySingsen, Judith A., ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2001
TypeJournalsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections