Torso of a Youth

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1st/2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Greek masterpieces were copied early and often. The statues of the 4th-century B.C. Athenian sculptor Praxiteles were especially influential. His male figures were usually languid, youthful, and sensuous. The standing figures bore the body’s weight on one taut leg. The other, bent at the knee, was relaxed. The side of the body with the lowered hip had a higher shoulder, resulting in a pronounced S curve. The muscular yet supple body and the opposing diagonal lines of the hips and shoulders of this torso indicate that its sculptor followed Praxiteles’s principles. A swath of drapery across its back may have been draped in the front over one or both of the youth’s arms.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 154

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Torso of a Youth

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 AD–200 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

66.2 × 38.7 × 24 cm (25 1/2 × 15 1/4 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Fund

Reference Number

1926.441

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share