In the Wake of the Great Masters
Attic Sculptors in the Peloponnesian WarAmong the numerous sculptors active in or based upon Athens in the later fifth century, the sources explicitly name four as pupils of Pheidias and agalmatopoioi (makers of divinities) par excellence: Alkamenes, Agorakritos, Kolotes, and Theokosmas. By common consent (cf. T 3) the greatest of these was Alkamenes:
Alkamenes of Athens/Lemnos
AlkamenesThe Souda (q.v.) calls Alkamenes a Lemnian, so he was perhaps born or (more likely) raised in the Athenian colony (cleruchy) established on the island around 450. The sources often mention him in the same breath with Pheidias (cf. T 3, 4), which may account for the somewhat early floruit of 448-445 assigned him by T 1. At any rate, he was still active in or after 403, when he made a colossal relief to celebrate the expulsion of the pro-Spartan puppet oligarchy from Athens (no. 9, below). His Hephaistos at Athens (work no. 6), if identical with that exhibited in the Hephaisteion and apparently recorded in IG 13 nos. 370-1, can be dated by the archons named on the stone to 421/20 -416/5. His early career is obscure, but he presumably served his apprenticeship either on the Parthenon or on the Zeus; if the former, he may have followed Pheidias to Olympia in 438/7 or stayed to complete the pediments. Like Pheidias, Alkamenes worked in chryselephantine, bronze, and marble, and tackled a similar range of subjects:
- Aphrodite in the Gardens outside Athens, of marble (T 58）
- Hera, in a temple between Athens and Phaleron
- Triple-bodied Hekate Epipyrgidia, on the Akropolis
- Ares, in his temple in the Agora (moved by Augustus, perhaps from Acharnai)
- Dionysos Eleuthereus, in his temple near the theater at Athens, in chryselephantine
- Hephaistos, perhaps grouped with Athena, probably in the Hephaisteion at Athens, in bronze (T 74）
- Hermes Propylaios at Athens, in marble (T 73）
- Asklepios in Mantinea (T 94）
- Athena and Herakles on a colossal relief of Pentelic marble, dedicated by Thrasyboulos and the democrats of 403 in the Herakleion at Thebes
- West pediment (probably in fact the western akroteria) of the temple of Zeus at Olympia (T 39）
- Pentathlete in bronze
This is usually identified with a marble group found on the Akropolis: Athens, Acropolis 1358; Stewart 1990, fig. 399. Prokne's head, however, does not join the body break-on-break, and may not belong. Despite Alkamenes' high reputation, modern scholarship has encountered problems with every one of the types regularly attributed to him in copy. Thus the two archaistic works (3 and 7) each survive in two versions; while the Hekate (3: Paus. 2.30.2) may be represented most faithfully by a headless statuette in the British School at Athens, the Hermes is attested by inscribed replicas from Pergamon (Istanbul, Archaeological Museum 527; Stewart 1990, fig. 400) and Ephesos that both claim to be authentic but nevertheless differ markedly from each other:
“[On the Athenian Akropolis] there is Prokne too, who has already made up her mind about the boy, and Itys too, a group dedicated by Alkamenes.”
Recent scholarship (e.g. Willers 1967) has tended to regard the Pergamene type as a classicizing variant. Less unanimity exists concerning his most famous creation, the Aphrodite in the Gardens (1), mentioned by both Pliny and Pausanias (Pliny 36.16; Paus. 1.19.2) but only described by Lucian (T 58). Even before Delivorrias' publication of the version from Daphni (Delivorrias 1968) most identified her with the so-called Leaning Aphrodite type, but once more the statue exists in several recensions, both veiled and unveiled. The debate continues. As for the male cult-images, the Ares (4) is often recognized in the so-called Borghese Ares, though Bruneau 1982 exposes the attribution as totally gratuitous; fragments of a high-relief frieze found around the temple are often ascribed to the base of this cult statue, and at times indeed resemble the Prokne in style, though both their original location and subject-matter remain unclear. The Hephaistos (6) is described by Cicero, de natura Deorum 1.30, 83 and, more fully, by Valerius Maximus:
“Here you see Alkamenes' most beautiful image,I'm not just anyone's work; my form,
The Hermes before the Gates; Pergamios dedicated it.
If you'll look closely, was wrought by Alkamenes.
”JdI 82: 40
Since Athens boasted only one cult image of Hephaistos, the following passage of Pausanias is usually taken to refer to the same statue, and the temple in question is identified with the so-called "Theseion" in the Agora.
“Visitors at Athens are impressed by the Vulcan made by the hands of Alkamenes; besides the other conspicuous signs of his supreme art, there is one thing in particular that they admire — the god's lameness is masked. He stands there displaying a trace of it unobtrusively beneath his garment, so that this is no blemish that could be censured, but a definite and personal characteristic of the god, becomingly represented.”Valerius Maximus 8.11 ext. 3
A marble torso in Athens and a head in the Vatican, both copies, were associated with this statue by Karouzou 1954/5, working from representations on Roman-period lamps; since IG 13 nos. 370-1, probably the accounts for the group, also mentions an anthemon or "floral", she also resurrected the nineteenth-century identification of an Athena from Cherchel, which has a floral against her left leg, as the Athena Hephaistia. Against this, E.B. Harrison 1977a has argued that so much metal was budgeted for the anthemon that it had to be enormous, that Neo-Attic reliefs (stylistically related to the "Ares" frieze and the Prokne) showing Erichthonios's birth (T 75) demanded a high, wide base, and that the "Cherchel" Athena type is early fourth century. For it she substitutes the colossal "Velletri" type and hangs the Rondanini Medusa (Munich 252; cf. Belson 1980 and Stewart 1990, fig. 783) on the anthemon . Since this whole ensemble is too large for the "Theseion", she prefers to call this building the temple of Artemis Eukleia and identifies the "real" Hephaisteion with the large Hellenistic foundation to the North on the same hill. This thesis has met with considerable skepticism, not least because the Velletri Athena does not resemble the Prokne, and the "Theseion" is roughly where Pausanias tells us that the Hephaisteion should be, while he places Artemis Eukleia at the opposite corner of the Agora (Paus. 1.14.4-5); but see now Mansfield 1985, 361-65 for additional arguments against the traditional view. His archaistic work apart, then, Alkamenes remains an enigma, though this very aspect of this output, together with the later tendency to pair him with Pheidias (T 1, 3) has suggested to some a conservative sculptor, perhaps ministering to traditionalists among the wartime Athenians. The Prokne's style, so close to some sections of the Parthenon frieze, might support this if only we could be sure that he carved it, though the democrats' relief (no. 9) hints at an altogether less straightforward situation. Indeed, since both the political implications (if any) of stylistic choice and the artistic preferences (if any) of the ever-volatile demos remain obscure in the extreme (cf. T 76), such neat equations may hinder understanding rather than advance it. Select bibliography: (A) General: Furtwängler 1895/1964, 73-95; Imhoof-Blumer 1887/1964, liii-iv, lxiii-iv, lxvi, lxviii-ix, 142-3; RE 1: 1507-08 (Robert, 1894); ThB 1: 293-96 (Amelung, 1907); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 2): (Picard/Manuel) 551-86; Lippold 1950, 184-87; EAA 1: 255-60 (Becatti, 1958); EWA 1: 217-20 (Mustilli, 1958); Schlörb 1964, 17-33; Richter 1970d, 181-84; M. Robertson 1975, 284-87; Schuchhardt 1977; Ridgway 1981, 174-78; Donnay 1982; Boardman 1985a, 206; Stewart 1990, 28, 142, 164-65, 237-39, 253, 267-69, 317, 320. (B) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 535, 808-828, 834; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 99-104, 138-42; Pollitt 1990, 65-66. (C) Individual works and attributions: Karouzou 1954/5 (Hephaisteion); Freyer-Schauenburg 1962 (Ares); Willers 1967 (Propylaios); Delivorrias 1968 (Aphrodite); Travlos 1971, 104-111, 261-73 (Hephaisteion, Ares); Agora 14 (1972) 140-49, 162-65 (ditto); Himmelmann 1977, 78-79 (Parthenon); E.B. Harrison 1977a (Hephaisteion, Ares); Knell 1978 (Prokne); Vierneisel-Schlörb 1979, 49-57 (Propylaios), 112-14 (Aphrodite), 142-3 (Hephaisteion), 178-85 (Ares), 216-224 (Asklepios); Jeffery 1980a (Olympia); Belson 1980 (Medusa); Haskell 1981, 284-86 (Velletri Athena); Pemberton 1981 (relief); Bruneau 1982 (Ares); Mansfield 1985, 361-65 (Hephaisteion); Landwehr 1985, 76-88 nos. 42-52 (Athena casts); Fullerton 1986 (Hekate); Mattusch 1988, 189-90 (Hephaisteion); Fullerton 1990 (Hekate and Hermes).
“Above the Kerameikos and the so-called Royal Stoa is a temple of Hephaistos. I was not surprised that a statue of Athena stands beside him because I knew the story about Erichthonios. But when I saw that the image of Athena had blue eyes I found out that the legend about them is Libyan. For they have a saying that she is the daughter of Poseidon and Lake Tritonis, and so has blue eyes like Poseidon.”
Agorakritos of Paros
AgorakritosNo absolute dates are available for Agorakritos, but his career evidently coincided roughly with Alkamenes'. Furthermore, only three works of his are recorded in the sources, as follows:
- Nemesis at Rhamnous in Attica, of Parian marble (T 76-8）
- Mother of the Gods, in the Metroon at Athens, of marble
- Athena Itonia and Zeus/Hades at Koroneia in Boiotia, of bronze
This passage is richer and more revealing of the strengths and weaknesses of Greek and Roman connoisseurship than first appears, though only with Despinis's' recent rediscovery of the statue's fragments (Despinis1971) has its full significance become clear. To help demonstrate this, two second-century A.D. accounts of the piece (much renowned in antiquity) must be quoted first:
“Another of [Phidias'] pupils was Agoracritus of Paros, who pleased him also because of his youth and beauty, so that Phidias is said to have allowed him to put his name to several of his, the master's, own works. In any case, the two pupils [Alcamenes and Agoracritus] competed with each other in making a Venus, and Alcamenes won the contest not through superior skill but through the votes of the citizenry, who favored one of their own against a foreigner. So Agoracritus is said to have sold his statue on condition that it should not remain in Athens, and that it should be named "Nemesis". It was set up at Rhamnus, a deme of Attica, and Marcus Varro preferred it above all other statues.”Pliny, N.H. 36.16-17
“About 60 stades from Marathon as you go along the coast-road to Oropos is Rhamnous. The inhabitants live by the sea, but a little way inland is the sanctuary of Nemesis, the most implacable of the gods towards hybristai . It seems that the wrath of this goddess descended upon the barbarians who landed at Marathon ; for thinking in their pride that no obstacle stood in the way of their taking Athens, they brought a piece of Parian marble to make a trophy, as if their task were already finished. It was this stone that Pheidias made into a statue of Nemesis; on her head she wears a crown with deer and some small images of Nike; in her left hand she holds an apple branch, and in her right an offering dish, embellished with Ethiopians. [Pausanias now expresses puzzlement over their presence, noting that they dwell "near Ocean" at the ends of the earth, and remarks upon Ethiopian geography.] I must now resume. Neither this nor any of the old statues of Nemesis have wings, not even the holiest xoana of the Smyrnaeans, but later artists, maintaining that the goddess is wont to appear most of all after a love-affair, gave wings to Nemesis as they do to Eros. Now I will describe the scene on the base of the image, having made this preface for clarity's sake. The Greeks say that Nemesis was the mother of Helen, but that Leda suckled and nursed her; as to Helen's father, the Greeks like everyone else think it was Zeus, not Tyndareus. Having heard this legend Pheidias represented Helen being led to Nemesis by Leda, Tyndareus and his children, and a man called Hippeus standing by with a horse. There are Agamemnon, Menelaos, and Pyrrhos the son of Achilles and first husband of Helen's daughter Hermione. Orestes was omitted because of his crimes against his mother, yet Hermione stood by him through it all and even bore him a child. Next on the base is a man called Epochos and another youth; all I heard about them was that they were the brothers of Oinoe, from whom the name of the deme comes.”
Antigonos' careful epigraphical researches (T 78), accepted by Varro and then Pliny (T 76) must have been undertaken to counter the very tendency to give works by Pheidias' pupils to the master himself that surfaces in Pausanias (T 77) and a host of other writers besides: see above, "Pheidias" nos. 24-30. The fact that even the normally acute Pausanias made this mistake only reinforces one's suspicion about such attributions in general (T 4). The feeble rebuttal of Antigonos' conclusions in the last sentence of T 78 may derive from the antiquary Polemon of Ilion, who wrote a six-book polemic against him around 130 B.C. The story that Pheidias was Agorakritos' lover was either invented by Polemon or (perhaps more likely) was already current, and he simply recognized its utility as ammunition for his feud. Typically, Varro's synthesis of the two authors was evidently accepted wholesale by the uncritical Pliny, who cites neither Antigonos nor Polemon in his source-list for book 36 (N.H. 1.36) but in T 76 repeats the gist of the rebuttal in his first sentence. What then of the contest in T 76 and the claim that the Nemesis was originally an Aphrodite? To begin with the later point, Wilamowitz-Moellendorf 1881, 11 was the first to realize that this story was coined to explain the fact that Agorakritos' statue differed from the winged type in use by the Hellenistic period (cf. T 77, with an even wilder account of the statue's origins); indeed, not only did the sculptor employ the same generic schema used for Aphrodite, Kore, and other goddesses in the fifth century, but Nemesis' apple branch was also an attribute of Aphrodite. Antigonos, an iconographical specialist too (T 19, etc.) thereby becomes this anecdote's probable source as well. As for the contest, though any such event would have involved maquettes (paradeigmata), not finished statues, Paionios' inscription on his Nike (T 81) certifies that sculptors' competitions were held in the fifth century. This leaves two possibilities: either that the contest is basically historical, and only its association with the supposed "Venus"/Nemesis was Antigonos' doing, or that he actually invented the entire affair, perhaps working up a tradition of rivalry between the two star pupils, in order to explain the statue's otherwise puzzling iconography. The first seems altogether more credible, for while Antigonos was certainly apt to rationalize, outright fabrication seems alien to his personality, at least as reconstructed by Wilamowitz and others (cf. Jex-Blake 1896, xxxvi-xlv). Also accepting the story's basic historicity, Schlörb 1964, 14-15 further suggests that it reflects a supposed political (as well as stylistic) polarization among Pheidias' followers, whereby Alkamenes aligned himself with Athenian "conservatives" and Agorakritos with "radicals". Yet as argued concerning Alkamenes (see above) this not only oversimplifies the politics but also finds no clear support in the testimonia; indeed Pliny explicitly attributes Agorakritos' defeat to chauvinism, not to politics. As to the Nemesis herself (Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 304a; Stewart 1990, figs. 403-07), the base is not yet fully reconstructed (relief with figures excerpted from the base of the Nemesis: Stockholm, Nationalmuseum Sk 150), and new fragments are appearing occasionally in the excavations: fragment from right side of the chiton overfold of the Nemesis (Athens, NM), corresponding area of another reduced copy of the Nemesis (Athens, NM 3949). Preliminary reports (B. Petrakos 1981, V. Petrakos 1986) suggest that at the least, Pausanias' account is incomplete; see Shapiro-Lapatin 1992 for a thorough discussion and convincing reinterpretation of the iconography. Despinis 1971 dates the statue to ca. 430, the base ten years later, though the rather small discrepancies between them may reflect differences in quality rather than chronology. The drapery style is certainly novel, but Pausanias' acceptance of Pheidias as author (T 77) should be a further caution against labeling Agorakritos a "radical", rebelling against Pheidian and Alkamenean "orthodoxy". As for his other works, (2) is represented by numerous statuettes presumably intended for private cult, while the recovery of the Nemesis has prompted Despinis to make other attributions: the Dresden Zeus and Hope Athena (3?), the so-called Borghese Hera (probably another Aphrodite), the Doria-Pamphili Aphrodite, the figures K, L, and M from the east pediment of the Parthenon (London 303; Parthenon East Pediment; Stewart 1990, figs. 350-52), the slabs of the Nike temple parapet attributed by Carpenter to Master A, and so on. Some are closer than others, but given the number of good sculptors active in Athens at the time, and the amount of cross-fertilization that evidently occurred (cf. Ridgway 1981, 176-7) such a search is unlikely ever to be conclusive. Select bibliography: (A) General: Furtwängler 1895/1964, 85-88; RE 1: 882-83 (Robert, 1894); ThB 1: 124-26 (Amelung, 1907); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 2): (Picard/Manuel) 531-43; Lacroix 1949, 287-91; Lippold 1950, 187-89; EAA 1: 146-48 (Marabini Moevs, 1958); EWA 2: 102, 104 (Richter, 1958); Schlörb 1964, 13-26, 34-44; Richter 1970d, 184-85; M. Robertson 1975, 285, 318, 351-55, 378; Ridgway 1981, 171-73, 196-97; Boardman 1985a, 207; Stewart 1990, 26, 28, 32, 165, 267, 269-70, 317, 320. (B) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 808, 829-43; Wilamowitz-Moellendorf 1881, 10-14; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 104-08; Jex-Blake 1896, xxxix, 190-91; Pollitt 1974, 260-62: Pollitt 1990, 67-68. (C) The Nemesis and attributions: Despinis 1971; Vierneisel-Schlorb 1979, 147-52, 166-71, 509-10; B. Petrakos 1981; E.B. Harrison 1984; Landwehr 1985, 88-94, no. 53 (Hera cast); V. Petrakos 1986; Shapiro-Lapatin 1992.
“The Nemesis at Rhamnous. In Rhamnous there stands an image of Nemesis, ten cubits [15 feet] in height, stone throughout, the work of Pheidias; she holds an apple branch in her hand. Antigonos of Karystos claims that a little tablet hangs from this, and is inscribed as follows: "Agorakritos of Paros made [me]." Yet this is no wonder, for many others have inscribed someone else's name upon their own work. It is likely that Pheidias conceded this to Agorakritos because he was his lover, and was generally much excited over boys.”Zenobios 5.82
As for Pheidias' two other pupils, Kolotes collaborated on the Zeus (Pliny N.H. 34.87) and continued to work in Elis (see "Pheidias", no. 26) while Theokosmas is only notable for Pausanias' useful description of his Zeus at Megara, left unfinished in 431:
By ca. 400, Theokosmas was working with the Polykleitan school on Lysander's great victory monument at Delphi: T 85. Independents are more numerous, though few can have escaped some Pheidian influence: the texts name several non-Athenians, and the Erechtheion accounts add a mass of carvers almost completely overlooked in the literary tradition:
“After this when you have entered the precinct of Zeus called the Olympeion you see a noteworthy temple. But the image of Zeus was not finished, for the work was interrupted by the war of the Peloponnesians against the Athenians, in which the Athenians ravaged the land of the Megarians every year with a fleet and an army, damaging public revenues and pushing private families to dire distress. The face of the image of Zeus is of ivory and gold, but the rest is of clay and gypsum. The artist is said to have been Theokosmas, a native, helped by Pheidias. Above the head of Zeus are the Seasons and the Fates, and all may see that he is the only god obeyed by Destiny, and that he apportions the seasons as necessary. Behind the temple lie half-finished blocks of wood, which Theokosmas intended to overlay with ivory and gold in order to complete the image of Zeus.”
Of these numerous lesser luminaries I select two: Paionios and Kallimachos.
“Mynnion, living in Argile, [made] the horse and the man striking it, and later added the stele: 127 drs.; Soklos, living in Alopeke, the man holding the bridle: 60 drs.; Phyromachos of Kephisia, the man leaning on a staff beside the altar: 60 drs.; Iasos of Kollyte, the woman with the little girl leaning against her: 80 drs. Payments for sculpture, sum total, 3315 drs. Receipts, 4302 drs. 1 obol; expenditure: the same.”IG 13 no. 476, lines 169-83
Paionios of Mende (in Thrace)
PaioniosHis Nike (Olympia Nike of Paionios; Olympia Museum 46-8; Stewart 1990, figs. 408-11) is securely attributed by both its dedicatory inscription and Pausanias's commentary:
“The Messenians and Naupaktians dedicated this to
Olympian Zeus as a tithe from their enemies.
Paionios of Mende made it and was victorious in making
the akroteria for the temple.
”Olympia 5 no. 259
The consensus of modern scholarship is that the Messenian account of the circumstances is right, Pausanias's wrong. On the akroteria for the temple of Zeus, cf. T 39; attributions to Paionios include the Bassae frieze (Amazonomachy London 531, Amazonomachy London 535, Centauromachy London 524, Centauromachy London 527, Centauromachy London 521) and (rather more plausibly) the work of Master B from the Nike temple parapet (Nikai and bull: Athens, Acropolis 972; Stewart 1990, figs. 421, 423, 449-53). Select Bibliography: (A) General: ThB 26: 149-50 (Bieber, 1932); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 2): (Picard/Manuel) 586-98; RE 18: 2412-13 (Lippold, 1942); Lippold 1950, 205; EWA 3: 659 (Langlotz, 1958); 11: 164 (Paribeni, 1958); EAA 5: 844-48 (Hofkes-Brukker, 1963); Richter 1970d, 186-88; M. Robertson 1975, 284, 287-89, 349-50; Stewart 1990, 28, 39, 81, 89-92, 142-43, 165, 170, 215, 253, 270-71, 317, 320. (B) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 851-52; Löwy 1885/1976 no. 49; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 138-42; Jeffery 1980a; Donnay 1982, 171-75; Pollitt 1990, 71. (C) The Nike and attributions: Carpenter 1929, 35, 78; Hofkes-Brukker 1967; Carpenter 1971, 149; Borbein 1973, 165-73; T. Hölscher 1974; Hofkes-Brukker & Mallwitz; Ridgway 1981, 108-11; E.B. Harrison 1982b, 53-65; Stewart 1990, 89-92.
“The Dorian Messenians who at one time received Naupaktos from the Athenians dedicated at Olympia the image of Nike on a pillar. It is the work of Paionios of Mende, made from spoils taken from the enemy, I think from the war with the Akarnanians and the people of Oiniadai . The Messenians themselves say than their dedication resulted from their exploit on the island of Sphakteria along with the Athenians , and that they did not inscribe the name of the enemy through fear of the Spartans, whereas they had no fear at all of the people of Oiniadai and Akarnania.”
KallimachosHis nationality and patronymic are unrecorded; his known works are:
- "Bridal" Hera at Plataia
- "Laconian Dancers", in bronze (T 83）
- Golden lamp with a bronze chimney in the shape of a palm-tree for the Erechtheion at Athens (T 84）
- The first Corinthian capital, at Corinth, in marble
The meaning of katatexitechnos , though generally clear from the text, is secured by Dionysios of Halikarnassos, Demosthenes 51, where sculptors and painters obsessed with petty details are said to "fritter away" (katatekein) their art. The charge is repeated by Vitruvius 4.1.10 and garbled by Pausanias:
“Of all sculptors, though, Callimachus is the most remarkable for his surname: he always deprecated his own work, and made no end of attention to detail, so that he was called the Niggler (katatexitechnos), a memorable example of the need to limit meticulousness. He made the Laconian Women Dancing, a flawless work, but one in which meticulousness has taken away all charm. He is said also to have been a painter.”Pliny, N.H. 34.92
For Kallimachos' innovations with the drill see Stewart 1975. In T 61, however, Dionysios strikes a more positive note, in words remarkably similar to Vitruvius': since the two were contemporaries, they presumably drew on a common (Hellenistic?) source that valued such refinement and took it as support for similar trends in rhetoric: cf. Pollitt 1974, 364-65. What little we know of his style broadly supports the testimonia: though the Hera is lost, and the lamp and prototype Corinthian capital (Vitruvius 4.1.10) are only vaguely to be imagined from later developments in these genres, his "Laconian Dancers" (2) have been recognized in a series of Neo-Attic reliefs. Extremely refined in both posture and drapery, they seem typical of late fifth century Attic mannerism. The stylistic judgments of Dionysios (T 61), Pliny (T 83) and the rest have also prompted further attributions, including the work of Master "A" from the Nike temple parapet (Athens, Acropolis 973). Others prefer Master "E", the "Genetrix" Aphrodite (Louvre MA 525), and the Neo-Attic Maenad reliefs (Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori 1094; Madrid, Prado 42; Stewart 1990, figs. 420, 426, 436-37). This relatively compact group may indeed originate in the same workshop, though its extreme purity of line distances it somewhat both from the crosscut, finicky treatment of the Dancers and maybe also from Pliny's criticisms. Select bibliography: (A) General: RE 10: 1645-47 (Lippold, 1919); ThB 19: 475 (Rumpf, 1926); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 2): (Picard/Manuel) 615-36; Lippold 1950, 222-23; EW 2: 102, 104, 116 (Paribeni, 1958); EAA 4: 298-300 (Guerrini, 1961); Schlörb 1964, 45-53; Richter 1970d, 185-86; M. Robertson 1975, 359, 405-07; Stewart 1975; Boardman 1985a, 207; Stewart 1990, 39, 166, 168, 171, 263, 271-72, 324. (B) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 531-32, 795, 893-96, 1950; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 118-20; Pollitt, 85-86, 122, 223; Pollitt 1974, 194-96, 300, 364-65, 444; Pollitt 1990, 73-74, 193-94. (C) Individual works: Carpenter 1929, 21, 61; W. Fuchs 1959, 72-96; Karouzou 1974; Ridgway 1981, 200, 210-213; Tiverios 1981; Palagia 1984a.
“Kallimachos made the golden lamp for the goddess [Athena in the Erechtheion on the Akropolis] . . . and though he was inferior to the foremost practitioners of the art, he was nevertheless cleverer than all, so that he became the first to drill stone and so named himself katatexitechnos , unless others did so and he adopted it for his own.”
The Peloponnese: The Polykleitan SchoolPliny, N.H. 34.50 and Paus. 5.17.4 (T 93) and Paus. 6.13.7 name nine direct pupils of Polykleitos, and though T 1 gives a floruit of 396-393 for several of them, it is clear that the school was already active during the Peloponnesian War: Antiphanes of Argos, a second-generation member (T 93) both made a Trojan Horse for the Argives shortly after 414, and collaborated with at least five fellow-disciples and several outsiders on the school's first major commission, Lysander's great monument at Delphi for his naval victory at Aigospotamoi in 405:
Some of the bases of these statues are extant. Another dedication, of tripods with statues beneath, was put up at Amyklai; this joined earlier votives from the Messenian wars, the work of Gitiadas of Sparta (commentary to T 24), another by Kalon of Aegina, and Bathykles' throne (T 23):
“Opposite [the Tegean dedication] are the Spartan offerings from the spoils of their victory over the Athenians: the Dioskouroi, Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, and beside these Poseidon, Lysander son of Aristokritos (who is being crowned by Poseidon), Agias, who was Lysander's soothsayer at the time, and Hermon the pilot of Lysander's ship. This statue of Hermon was made, as one might expect, by Thekosmas of Megara because Hermon had been enrolled as citizen of that city. The Dioskouroi were made by Antiphanes of Argos, the soothsayer by Pison from Kalaureia, which belongs to Troezen. As for Athenodoros and Dameas, the latter made the Poseidon, Artemis, and Lysander, while Athenodoros made the Apollo and Zeus. These two were Arkadians from Kleitor.Behind the works just described are statues of those who, whether Spartans or Spartan allies, assisted Lysander at Aigospotamoi . These are Arakos and Erianthes, the first a Spartan, Erianthes a Boiotian . . . [lacuna] . . . above Mimas, whence came Astykrates; Kephisokles, Hermophantos, and Hikesios of Chios, Timarchos and Diagoras of Rhodes, Theodamos of Knidos, Kimmerios of Ephesos, and Aiantides of Miletos. Tisander made these, but the next were made by Alypos of Sikyon: Theopompos of Myndos, Kleomedes of Samos, the two Euboians Aristokles of Karystos and Antonomos of Eretria, Aristophantos of Corinth, Apollodoros of Troezen, and Dion from Epidauros in the Argolid. Next to these come Axionikos, an Achaian from Pellene, Theares from Hermione, Phyrrias of Phokia, Komon of Megara, Agasimenes of Sikyon, Telykrates of Leukas, Pythodotos of Corinth, and Euantidas of Ambrakia; last come the Spartans Epikydidas and Eteonikos. They say that these are the works of Patrokles and Kanachos. The Athenians refuse to admit that they were fairly beaten at Aigospotamoi . . ..”
Aristandros was probably Skopas' father (see T 112-15, below), and Polykleitos is probably not the school's founder but his younger namesake (cf. T 87), who was still active around 350, making victor-statues and cult images (for Megalopolis, founded in 369: Paus. 8.31.4), and perhaps also designing the tholos and theater at Epidauros (Paus. 2.27.5). This Polykleitos apparently belonged to a semi-independent branch of the School, whose filial and master-pupil relationships are extremely complicated: cf. Arnold 1969, 6-17; Linfert, in Beck 1990, 240-43. Aside from him, the other important names are his two brothers Naukydes and Daidalos, and Antiphanes' pupil Kleon of Sikyon (T 93), all of whose careers extended at least into the second quarter of the fourth century, and Kleon's perhaps beyond that. A list of Naukydes' known works gives some idea of their output, which was heavily biased toward Olympic victor-statues, and almost exclusively in bronze:
“The older tripods are said to be a tithe of the Messenian War. Under the first stood an image of Aphrodite, and under the second an Artemis; these and the reliefs [on the tripods] are by Gitiadas, but the third is by Kallon of Aigina; Kore, daughter of Demeter, stands under it. Aristandros of Paros and Polykleitos of Argos made, respectively, the woman with the lyre, supposedly Sparta, and the Aphrodite "beside the Amyklaian." These tripods are larger than the others, and were dedicated from the spoils of the victory at Aigospotamoi.”
- Hebe in the Argive Heraion, in chryselephantine (T 63）
- Hekate at Argos
- Phrixos sacrificing the ram, on the Akropolis
- The poetess Erinna of Lesbos, later taken to Rome (T 136）
- The wrestler Cheimon of Argos, at Olympia
- The same, at Argos, later taken to Rome
- The wrestler Baukis of Troezen, at Olympia
- The boxer Eukles of Rhodes, at Olympia (T 87）
- A diskobolos
Yet whereas attributions to individuals seem all but hopeless, a number of types may be plausibly ascribed to the School as such; some are comparatively small, roughly equaling the normal height of classical males (1.70m). Suggestively in this context, Olympic rules apparently forbade "heroic" scale victor-statues in the Altis. The main types, listed in their approximate chronological order (cf. Arnold 1969; Linfert, in Beck 1990, 243-92) are as follows: the "Pan", Dresden youth, "Narkissos", Berlin-Pitti Hermes, Capitoline Diskobolos, Capelli-Kyrene youth, Conservatori runner, Vatican oil pourer, armed ("Epidauros") Aphrodite, Richelieu Hermes, "Centocelle" Apollo, and Barberini Hermes. There are also a few small bronzes (including the Getty Phrixos, above), and one original statue from around 350, the Antikythera Perseus (Athens, NM Br. 13396; Stewart 1990, fig. 550). The well-known Idolino, long considered to be another original, most probably belongs among that array of neo-Polykleitan types invented in Roman times to serve as lamp-holders and the like: cf. Zanker 1974; Wünsche 1972; and Hallett 1983.
“Next [at Olympia] comes a statue of Eukles, son of Kallianax, a Rhodian of the house of the Diagoridai. For he was the son of Diagoras' daughter, and won an Olympic victory in the boxing-match for men . His statue is by Naukydes, while Polykleitos of Argos, not the man who made the image of Hera but a pupil of Naukydes, made the statue of the boy wrestler Agenor of Thebes. This was dedicated by the Phokian Commonwealth, for Theopompos, Agenor's father, was honorary consul for their nation.”
Select bibliography: (A) General: RE 1: 2422 (Robert, 1894); 4: 2006-07 (Robert, 1901); 11: 720-22 (Lippold, 1921); 16: 1966-67 (Lippold, 1935); 21: 1719-22 (Lippold, Fabricius, 1952); Furtwängler 1895/1964, 223-26, 262-92; ThB 1: 559-60 (Amelung, 1907); 8: 283-84 (Amelung, 1913); 20: 482-83 (Bieber, 1927); 25: 359-60 (Bieber, 1931); 27: 229-30 (Bieber, Weickert, 1933); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 2): (Picard/Manuel) 644-61; 1948, 254-322; Lippold 1950, 199-200, 216-19, 247-48; EAA 1: 437 (Mustilli, 1958); 2: 989-90 (Cressedi, 1959); 4: 371 (1961); 5: 362-65 (Conticello, 1963); 6: 297-98 (Zancani-Montuoro, 1965); EWA 11: 144, 146, 158-59 (Paribeni, 1958), 435-38 (Martin, 1958); Bieber 1961b, 10-12; Arnold 1969; M. Robertson 1975, 328, 387, 396-97, 409, 475; Beck 1990, 240-97 (Linfert); Stewart 1990, 168-71, 186, 272-73. (B) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 978-1013; Löwy 1885/1976 nos. 86-93, 95-96; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 131-38, 190-93; Marcadé 1953, 3, 5-6, 22-24, 60-61; Moretti 1957; P.E. Arias 1964 nos. 53-106; Pollitt 1990, 79-81, 106, 195. (C) Individual works: Imhoof-Blumer 1887/1964, 34; Bommelaer 1971; Borbein 1973, 63-65, 77-79, 200-204; Vierneisel-Schlorb 1979, 198-213; Despinis 1981; Landwehr 1985, 100-02, nos. 59-62; Habicht 1985, 71-75.
The sculptors of the temple of Asklepios at EpidaurosFor the sculptures, datable to ca. 380, see Stewart 1990, figs. 455-65: East akroterion (Athens, NM 162); West akroterion, Nike with partridge (Athens, NM 155); West akroterion, Aura (Athens, NM 156); West akroterion, Aura (Athens, NM 157); East pediment, Priam (Athens, NM 144); East pediment, lunging youth (Athens, NM 148); West pediment, Penthesilea (Athens, NM 136); West pediment, Achilles (Athens, NM 4757); West pediment, Amazon and Greek (Athens, NM 4752); West pediment, dead Greek (Athens, NM L. 91); West pediment, dead Greek (Athens, NM 4492); the following are the relevant lines of the building accounts:
The sculpture contracts proceed in zigzag fashion from one façade to the other, though which comes first remains controversial: see below. Of the sculptors, Theo[.....] may be Theodoros the architect of the temple, and Hektoridas signed a free-standing dedication in the sanctuary (IG 421 no. 695), but like the Erechtheion carvers both are mere names. Thrasymedes son of Arignotos of Paros is slightly better documented, for he made the temple's chryselephantine cult statue (elsewhere inevitably attributed to Pheidias):
“Timotheos took up the contract to work and supply typoi, for 900 drs.; his guarantor was Pythokles. Thrasymedes took up the contract for the ceiling, the cella door, and the gates between the columns, for 9,800 drs.; his guarantors were Pythokles, Theopheides, and Hagemon. Hektoridas took up the contract to work one wing of the pediment, for 1,610 drs.; his guarantors were Philokleidas and Timokleidas. Timotheos took up the contract for the akroteria over the other pediment, for 2,240 drs.; his guarantors were Pythokles and Hagemon. Theo [. . . .] took up the contract for the akroteria over the other pediment, for 2,240 drs.; his guarantor was Theoxenidas. [. . . .] took up the contract for the pediment sculptures over the other pediment, for 3,010 drs.; his guarantor was Theoxenidas. To Hektoridas, for the sculptures in the other wing of the pediment, 1,400 drs. To Hektoridas, for a model of the encaustic painting of the lions' heads, 16 drs. 1/2 obol.”IG 421 no. 102 (lines 34-35, 43-46, 87-90, 95-100, 109-10, 303)
A new fragment of an inscription hitherto identified as the accounts for this statue (SEG 15.208; Burford 1966, no. 2; 1969, 59-61) now shows that it actually refers to the incubation-building or enkoimaterion of the sanctuary: Mitsos 1967. Here Thrasymedes appears only as a hardware-supplier, but elsewhere he emerges as an extremely versatile carpenter and metalworker, able to turn his hand to a ceiling, a grille, a bronze statue (IG 421 no. 198) or a chryselephantine one, as required. Krause 1972 has identified a replica of this cult image in Copenhagen from representations on Epidaurian coins (cf. M. Price 1977, fig. 355). Finally, Timotheos. His typoi are problematic: since the basic meaning of this word is "mold-made image," they may refer to models for the pediments, but this is by no means certain, and other interpretations have been suggested. His other documented works, which extend his career to at least ca. 360, are:
“The image of Asklepios is half the size of that of the Olympian Zeus at Athens, and is made of ivory and gold. An inscription says that it was made by Thrasymedes son of Arignotos of Paros. The god is seated on a throne and holds a staff in one hand; his other hand is above the head of the serpent, and a dog lies by his side. On the throne are wrought the exploits of Argive heroes: Bellerophon against the Chimaira, and Perseus carrying off the head of Medusa.”
- Artemis in marble, later in Rome (T 90）
- Asklepios/Hippolytos in Troezen
- Akrolithic Ares in Halikarnassos, attributed by some to Leochares
- "Athletes, soldiers, hunters, and priests sacrificing" (or a selection from this list), in bronze
- Marble sculptures on the south side of the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, attributed by some to Praxiteles (T 107-8）
Encouraged by N.H. 36.24 and 25, mentioning an Apollo of Skopas and a Leto of Kephisodotos (II) in the same shrine, and by Propertius' extended description of the complex, dedicated by Augustus in 27 (Prop. 2.31), scholars have recognized the trio on an early imperial relief from Sorrento (most recently, Zanker 1988, fig. 186); yet though copies of the central Apollo survive, the two flanking figures have apparently left no other trace. Select bibliography: (A) The temple: Crome 1951; Schlörb 1965, 1-35; BCH 90 (1966): 783-85; Stewart 1977a, 87-89; Yalouris 1977 and Yalouris 1986. (B) The sculptors (general): RE 7: 2818-19 (Pfuhl, 1912); 5.A: 55 (Anger, 1934); 6.A: 594-95, 1363-65 (Lippold, 1936, 1937); ThB 16: 322 (1926); 32: 600 (Züchner, 1938); 33: 105, 599-600 (Bieber, 1939); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 3): (Picard/Manuel) 214-23, 322-87; Lippold 1950, 219-22, 230; EWA 11: 144, 146 (Paribeni, 1958); EAA 3: 1133 (Marziani, 1960); 7: 814-15, 838-39 (Moreno, 1966), 862-65 (Vlad Borelli, 1966); Schlörb 1965; Richter 1970d, 213-17, 219-20; M. Robertson 1975, 397-402, 448, 459, 461; Stewart 1990, 59-60, 170-71, 180-82, 273-74. (C) Sources: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 853-54 1160, 1177-78, 1307, 1328-30; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 174-78, 186; IG 42 1 no. 102; SEG 25.208; Burford 1966 nos. 1-2; Mitsos 1967; Burford 1969; Pollitt 1974, 274, 284-86, 292; Pollitt 1990, 104-05, 195-98. (D) Attributions, etc.: Imhoof-Blumer 1887/1964, 43; Schlörb 1965; Künzl 1968, 12-16; Künzl 1969; Krause 1972; Rieche 1978; Vierneisel-Schlörb 1979, 248-51; Zanker 1988, 240-41.
“In the temple of Apollo on the Palatine at Rome stands a Diana by Timotheus, the head of which has been restored by Avianius Evander.”Pliny, N.H. 36.32
Athens: The Postwar GenerationAside from the gravestone-carvers, who remain completely anonymous, about a dozen Attic sculptors are attested for the earlier fourth century; all are known only through one or two signatures or literary references, with two exceptions: Demetrios of Alopeke and the elder Kephisodotos.
Demetrios of Alopeke
DemetriosNo patronymic or exact dates are available for Demetrios, though the script of his signatures suggests a career from ca. 400-360. His recorded works, probably all bronzes and all portraits except no. 1, are:
- Dedication to Athena by the tribe Kekropis, on the Akropolis
- Dedication to Athena by Aristogenes of Aixone, on the Akropolis
- Athena's priestess Lysimache, on the Akropolis
- Kephisodotos of Aithalia, on the Akropolis
- Hippolochides son of Thrasymedes and [....]sieus, dedicated by the latter on the Akropolis
- The horse-breeder Simon
- The Corinthian general Pellichos, later in a private collection in Athens (T 91）
This is extremely suspicious. Described by a notorious liar and only "thought" to be Pellichos, the statue appears in the middle of a satirical dialogue, accompanied by Myron's Diskobolos (T 44), the Diadoumenos (T 62), and the Tyrannicides (T 31-32), as a comic foil to these acknowledged masterpieces of classic beauty, all supposedly in the liar's own private collection. In fact, it soon transpires that its inclusion is merely the pretext for a double joke: that the liar only prizes it because it cures the gout, and that it is so lifelike that it actually walks the house at night, singing and taking baths. To such fantasizing the narrator can only retort that if so, it ought rather to be wooden, and made by Daidalos (cf. T 10-11)! In fact, since (1) the only known Pellichos was the father of a commander active ca. 434, (2) Demetrios is not otherwise attested to have worked outside Athens or on non-Athenians, (3) a statue of a Corinthian general erected inside Athens would be quite extraordinary in this period, and (4) in any case such a monument could never have been removed from the Agora or Akropolis to a private house, the likelihood is that the entire description was manufactured for comic effect. Of course, Lucian knew his sculpture and here if anywhere seems concerned to be plausible in his descriptions (cf. T 44), so that with T 3 this still ranks as an extremely valuable source for this radical and uncompromising realist, even if Pellichos himself better belongs in fantasy land. Select bibliography: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 897-903; Löwy 1885/1976 nos. 62-64; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 188-90; RE 4: 2850-51 (Robert, 1901); ThB 9: 52-53 (Amelung, 1913); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 3): (Picard/Manuel) 125-50; Raubitschek 1949, 488; Lippold 1950, 226; EWA 2: 108 (Richter, 1958); EAA 3: 68-69 (Cressedi, 1960); Richter 1965, 155, figs. 877-79; Berger 1968; Zinserling 1968; Metzler 1971, 314-26; Hiller 1972; Pollitt 1974, 83, 131, 425, 432-33; M. Robertson 1975, 504-06; Pollitt 1990, 89-90, 222-23.
“"When you came in the hall," he said, "didn't you notice a totally gorgeous statue up there, by Demetrios the portraitist?""Surely you don't mean the discus-thrower . . .?" "[No not that one, nor the Diadoumenos, nor the Tyrannicides, but] perhaps you saw the one by the fountain with a pot belly, a bald head, half exposed by the hang of his cloak, with some of the hairs of his beard blown by the wind, and with big, conspicuous veins, just like the man himself, that's the one I mean; he's thought to be Pellichos, the Corinthian general." "Good God," said I, "I saw it on the right of the spout, wearing fillets and withered wreaths, its chest covered with gilded leaves!" "I put on the gilt leaves myself," said Eukrates, "when it cured me of the gout that was torturing me every other day."”Lucian, Philopseudes 18
Kephisodotos (I) of Athens
Kephisodotos (I)The names Kephisodotos and Praxiteles apparently alternated in this family (cf. T 1), suggesting that Kephisodotos I was indeed the father of the great Praxiteles (see T 93-106, below). T 1 gives his floruit as 372-369; this coincides with the most likely date for his most famous work, the Eirene (Munich GL 219; 5, below). According to Plutarch, Phokion 19, his sister became the first wife of this Athenian statesman (b. 402), which already bespeaks a certain standing for the family in Athenian society. His recorded works are:
- Hermes and the young Dionysos, in bronze
- Athena (and Zeus?) at Piraeus, in bronze
- Altar of Zeus Soter, in the same location
- Muses on Mt. Helikon, with others by Strongylion, later taken to Constantinople
- Eirene holding the infant Ploutos, in the Athenian Agora (T 92）
- "Gesturing orator", in bronze
- A dedication to Athena Pronaia at Delphi
“[At Thebes] is a sanctuary of Tyche [Fortune], who carries the child Ploutos [Wealth]. According to the Thebans, the hands and face of the image were made by Xenophon of Athens, and the rest by Kallistonikos, a native. It was a clever idea of theirs, to place Ploutos in the arms of Tyche, and so to suggest that she is his mother or nurse. Equally clever was the conception of Kephisodotos, for he made the image of Eirene [Peace] for the Athenians with Ploutos in her arms.”
The Baiae finds include fragments of a cast of the Ploutos. Other attributions (e.g. Hill 1974) seem somewhat optimistic given the evidence at hand, though one can conjecture that Kephisodotos was a less radical figure than Demetrios, making cult statues in the Attic tradition yet cautiously experimenting with new subjects and modes of rendering. Select bibliography: Overbeck 1868/1959, nos. 1137-43; Imhoof-Blumer 1887/1964, 147; Stuart-Jones 1895/1966, 118, 149-51; RE 11: 232-35 (Lippold, 1921); ThB 20: 163-66 (Bieber, 1927); Picard 1935-1971 (vol. 3): (Picard/Manuel) 77-125; Lacroix 1949, 295-300; Lippold 1950, 223-25; Marcadé 1953, 51-52; EWA 2: 105-06 (Richter, 1958); EAA 4: 342-44 (Mustilli, 1961); Bieber 1961b, 14-15; Künzl 1968, 8-12; Richter 1970d, 197-98; Waywell 1971; Borbein 1973, 115-19; La Rocca 1974; Hill 1974; M. Robertson 1975, 287, 383-86; Jung 1976; Vierneisel-Schlörb 1979, 255-66; Harward 1982a; Landwehr 1985, 103 no. 63 (Ploutos, cast); LIMC 3: 703 no. 8 (Volkommer, 1986); Pollitt 1990, 72, 83-84; Stewart 1990, 14, 28, 34, 173-74, 176, 177, 179, 237, 275-76, 324.
“[In the Athenian Agora], after the statues of the Eponymous heroes come images of the gods, Amphiaraos, and Eirene carrying the child Ploutos.”