The natural drapery of the figure bears a resemblance to that of Diachos I’s statue. This latter statue was sculpted by the renowned artist, Lysippos, and comes from the Diachos Monument at Delphi. Our type of figure became especially popular during the Hellenistic period (c. 323-31 BC), and was used to depict deities, particularly Hermes (in his role as a traveller), as well as youths. In artistic terms, the piece is typical of the fourth century, when artists revelled in depicting the natural flow and movement of fabric, from its weight to its fluidity. They had moved away from the idealistic view of Classical Greek sculpture towards inherent logic and rational naturalism, in accordance with contemporary philosophical shifts.
Greek Youth Wearing a Cloak
A Greek marble statue of a cloaked youth. He wears a short, knee-length tunic, which is covered by a cloak of the same length. The tunic, worn by the figure as an undergarment, is loose and hangs away from the body, whereas the cloak clings to the short tunic. This creates a smooth expanse of fabric, interrupted only intermittently by the shallow, carefully-crafted drapery folds, which emanate from the right shoulder. The treatment of this passage is nothing less than magnificent. The fabric first pulls diagonally, then slows to a gently curved cascade of folds.
Provenance: Ex. European Collection since 1968
Condition: Very fine condition.