The magnanimity of Alexander The Great (The tent of Darius),
1670s engraving, printed on two sheets. Gerard Edelinck (1640-1707)
after Charles Le Brun. (The Immortal Alexander The Great, Hermitage
Head of a youth (fragment of a statuette). Asia Minor, Smyrna, 2nd century BC.
This is probably a part of large statuette of a naked hero or athlete, an image influenced by monumental sculpture. The subtle moulding betrays the hand of a true sculptor. The conveying of a state of inner turmoil and the play of passions are among the most important themes found in Greek sculpture from the time of Alexander onwards. The great sculptor Lysippos, whose worked in the time of Aexander, made famous statues of Agios and Apoxyomenos, which undoubtedly had an influence , albeit indirectly, on the image of the young hero that became established in Hellenistic art. The youth’s deep-set eyes are given a particularly dramatic effect by the shadow falling from the sharply protruding arches of the eyebrows and the high bridge of the nose, an effect intensified by the almost sickly swelling of the lower eyelashes.
Masters in Smyrna, a city whose site has, according to legend, been chosen by Alexander on the advice of the goddess Nemesis- specialised in making terracotta copies and replicas of munumental statues. Hermitage Amsterdam 2010.