Kouros of Tenea

 

This young man stands before us in majestic pose. The translucent Parian marble wraps his body in a soft light. Although the statue is smaller than life size, it still has a monumental effect. This is not only because of the frontal, almost rigid composure. Above all it is the powerful tension of his body that engenders this compelling presence.

In Archaic Greece, around 650 BC, people had started to build monumental marble statues of young women and men. They are known as "korai" and "kouroi" which means as much as "girls" and "youths". Kouroi always have the same stance: The left foot is set forward. The weight of the upper body is distributed evenly between the two legs, so that there is no shifting of weight in the figure. What is depicted here is agility, not emotion. Consequently, his arms hang close to his body. His gaze is straight ahead. His face with the "archaic smile" addresses the beholder directly.

The human body is captured in accurate anatomic detail. The details are partly true to life and partly stylised. This shows that what was important for the Greeks was an ideal - not a naturalistic - depiction of man.

The figure was discovered in 1846 near Corinth, in the area of the ancient settlement of Tenea. It served as a grave statue and presumably represents the deceased, preserving his memory beyond the grave. The Kouros of Tenea dates back to around 560 BC.

Sep 2018

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