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Figure of Apollo

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Figure of Apollo

This figure of Apollo represents one of the most important of the Olympian gods in classical Greek and Roman religion and mythology. Apollo was the ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), he was identified as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and more. The muscular body and the slim waist of this figure demonstrate the Greek desire for health and the physical capacity which was necessary for the challenging Greek environment. The many statues of Apollo embody beauty, balance and inspire awe before the beauty of the world.

Apollo is a common theme in Greek art, and the Greeks put into Apollo the highest degree of power and beauty that they could imagine. The evolution of the Greek sculpture can be observed in Apollo’s depictions from the static formal and frozen ‘Kouros-type’ in the early archaic period to the representation of motion in marble which was achieved in the late archaic period. In classical Greece, the emphasis was on the ideal form which was created by master sculptor Polykleitos. Later Praxiteles released sculpture from its religious conformities, and his masterpieces represent the resulting natural style which the world appreciates today.

Figure of Apollo

  • Title:              Figure of Apollo
  • Greek:           Ἀπόλλων
  • Dates:            late 1st century BC-early 1st century AD
  • Material:       Marble
  • Origins:         Uncertain, assumed Greece
  • Dimensions: 54.0 (h/l) x 26.5 (w) x 16.0 (d) cm, stand: 8.5 (h/l) x 19.8 (w) x 15.6 (d) cm
  • Museum:      Nicholson Museum

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal saying

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Photo Credit: JOM