Young athlete (so-called Dresden Boy)

Polyklet (um 450-430 v. Chr. tätig)

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This so-called Dresden Boy is based on a copy of the bronze statue of an athlete who had won a victory in an important boys’ competition, perhaps at the Olympic Games, and who was, therefore, honoured by a life-size statue in his home city. The name, birthplace, and discipline of the athlete cannot be identified. The hairstyle indicates that the statue must have been created by the most important sculptor in bronze of the fifth century BCE: Polykleitos of Argos.

Material & Technique
Pentelic marble
c. 10 BCE/CE; copy of a lost bronze statue by Polykleitos, c. 420 BCE
Inventory number
Hm 088