Saturday, April 14, 2007
The Moschophoros ("the calf-bearer," 570-60 BCE) is a delightful work showing a young man bringing a calf to sacrifice, probably for Athena. The motif is fairly common in Greek art, and was adopted by Christians later. His archaic smile is somewhat less delightful than that of the Peplos kore, though both the eye sockets (originally filled) and broken chin may set that off somewhat. His face and staring reveals a dedication to purpose somewhat belied by the almost whimsical style.
The legs of the animal and the arms of the man form a clearly delineated X pattern, which delightfully integrates naturalistic with geometric forms and unites animal and human in harmonious design.