The Victorious Youth

Carol C. Mattusch


106 pages

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The paucity of life-size bronze statues from classical antiquity that have survived to the present day makes each one of them an object of special interest for the scholarly community and the public alike. For that reason there has been a tendency to see each one as unique, whereas in reality they are examples of many thousands of similar statues that in antiquity were erected in public and private places. Carol Mattusch prefers to see the extant statues as representatives of specific types—gods and heroes, athletes and philosophers, rulers and statesmen, or, as may be the case with the statue discussed in this volume, victorious athletes.

The Victorious Youth is part of the Getty Museum Studies on Art series, designed to introduce individual artworks or small groups of related works to a broad public with an interest in the history of art.

Each monograph is written by a leading scholar and features a close discussion of its subject as well as a detailed analysis of the broader historical and cultural context in which the work was created.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Rescued from the Sea: Shipwrecks and Chance Finds
  • Statues for Civic Pride
  • Statues for Victors
  • Collectors in Antiquity
  • Collaborators: Artist and Craftsman
  • Modern Views of the Victorious Youth
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Appendix: Measurements
  • Acknowledgements

About the Authors

Carol C. Mattusch is professor of art history at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Among her publications is Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary (1996). She recently organized the exhibition The Fire of Hephaistos: Large Classical Bronzes from North American Collections (1996) for which she also wrote and edited the catalogue.