There is plenty of tales attached to Greek sculptures (We won’t discuss them on this post). Whatever, you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the amazing beauty of these super statues. Here are 20 incredible work of arts for you to feast your eyes.
1. Achilles Wounded
This artwork is the depiction of the Greek hero named Achilles. This statue captures his pain after being shot by a lethal arrow. The real statue is made of alabaster stone and is now located at the Achilleion Residence of Queen Elizabeth of Austria in Corfu, Greece.
2. Alexander the Great
This statue of the great hero was discovered inside the Pella Palace in Greece. This work of art was made in 280 BC in honor of Alexander the Great. It was made of bonded marble and coated with marble patina. Now the statue is situated among the Greek art collections of the Archaeological Museum of Pella in Greece.
Anavyssos Kouros is a marble statue used for marking Graves of Kroisos, a young Greek hero. This statue was discovered in Anavyssos in Attica. This 1.95 meters high statue is well-known for its archaic smile and it was made between 540 and 515 BC. Now it is located at National Archaeological Museum of Athens. An inscription was inscribed below the statue- “Stop and show pity beside the marker of Kroisos, dead, whom, when he was in the front ranks, raging Ares destroyed.”
4. Antinous Mondragone
Antinous Mondragone is a 0.95-meter high sculpture of God Antinous. This marble statue was built to worship Antinous as a Greek God. During the 17th century, it was discovered. In 1807 it was purchased for Napoleon and now it’s exhibited at the Louvre Museum.
5. Aphrodite of Knidos
It is one of the most Popular statues of famous ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. It is the first nude representation of Aphrodite. Later this masterpiece became one of the tourist attraction in Greece. The original statue was destroyed in a massive fire. Its replica is now exhibited at the British Museum.
6. Artemision Bronze
It is thought that the statue is of either Zeus or Poseidon. This statue was discovered from the sea of Cape Artemision. Because of its missing thunderbolt, some people think that it’s not Zeus and because of its missing trident others think that it’s not Poseidon.
7. Biton and Kleobis
This pair of archaic Greek statues was created by Greek sculptor Polymides of Argos. Biton and Kleobis were made in 580 BC and now the sculptures are exhibited at Delphi Archaeological Museum in Delphi, Greece. They were actually created in Argos but later found at Delphi and from the inscriptions, on the base they were identified as Kleobis and Biton.
8. Charioteer of Delphi
This statue is well known as Heniokhos. The Charioteer of Delphi is one the most popular sculpture of ancient Greece. It was first established during the 4th century to immortalize the victory of a chariot team in a Pythian Game. In 1896 it was recovered from the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It is now shown at the Delphi Archaeological Museum.
9. Dying Gaul
Dying Gaul is also called as the Dying Gladiator is an ancient Roman Hellenistic sculpture made in bronze. The sculpture became one of the most famous for his antiquity and impressed as well as for the classical model that was able to show strong emotion.
10. Harmodius and Aristogeiton
These statues were built after democracy was established in Greece. This bronze statue was made by the famous Greek sculptor Antenor. This was the first statue in Greece which was built at the expense of public funds. This sculpture was made to pay homage to Harmodius and Aristogeiton as the Athenians thought them the paramount symbol of their democracy. This statue was first established in Kerameikos in 509 A.D.
11. King Leonidas I at Thermopylae
This statue was established to pay homage to King Leonidas I. King Leonidas I showed great heroism during the battle at Thermopylae against the Persians in 80 BC. An inscription was placed under the statue which reads, “Come and Take”. These words were said by King Leonidas when King Xerxes and his army asked them to drop their weapons.
12. Lady of Auxerre
This 75 cm statue is currently shown in the Louver Museum in Paris. Lady of Auxerre is the depiction of an archaic Greek Goddess Persephone during the 6th century. It was recovered inside a storage vault in the Museum of Auxerre in 1907. According to the historians, this statue was built int he 7th century.
13. Lacoon and His Sons
Lacoon and His Sons are one of the most popular ancient sculpture that was situated in the Vatican Museum in Vatican City. The sculpture is also known as the Laocoon Group. The story of the sculpture based on the Trojan war though Homer, the writer of historical Epic Iliad, didn’t mention it in his famous epic. Anyway, the sculpture portrays the Trojan Priest, Lacoon and his sons Thymbraeus, Antiphantes.
14. Peplos Kore
This statue is a stylized image of the Greek Goddess Athena. It was built at the Archaic period of Greek art and history. Here in this statue, Athena’s pose was stiff and formal. This statue was recovered from the Athenian Acropolis.
15. Statue of Athena Parthenos
This huge statue of Athen is made of silver, ivory, and gold. Famous Greek sculptor Phidias made this sculpture. Now, this statue is thought to be the most famous cult image of Athens. It was damaged by a devastating fire in 165 BC. Later it was repaired and again established in Parthenon in the 5th Century.
16. Statue of Zeus at Olympia
This 13-meter statue of Greek God Zeus was made by Greek sculptor Phidias and is now shown at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Ivory and wood are used to build this statue. It depicts Greek God Zeus resting on his throne festooned with gold, ebonies, ivories and other gems. It is thought that it was one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
17. Strangford Apollo from Anafi
This Strangford of Apollo is an ancient Greek marble sculpture. It was made between 500 and 490 BC to pay homage to Greek God Apolo. Later it was discovered on the island of Anafi. Now it is shown in the 15th room of the British Museum.
18. The Ephebe of Antikythera
The Ephebe of Antikythera is a bronze sculpture. It can be a statue of a young man, god or hero who id holding a spherical object in his right hand. This statue is considered to be made by famous sculptor Euphranor. It was recovered from a wrecked ship near the island of Antikythera. Now it is housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
19. Hermes of Praxiteles
This statue was made to honor the Greek god Hermes. It depicts Hermes carrying another known character in Greek mythology, The infant Dionysus. This marble statue is believed to be built during 330 BC by the ancient Greeks. Famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles built it and now it is shown in the Archeological Museum of Olympia, Greece.
20. Winged Victory of Samothrace
This marble sculpture was made between 200 and 190 B.C. This is one of the masterpieces of Hellenistic sculpture. This is thought that it was made not to pay homage to Greek goddess Nike but to honor a sea battle. It was first established b Macedonian general Demetrius after his naval victory in Cyprus. Now, this statue is housed at Louvre, Paris.