Retrieving the Style of Cephisodotus the Younger

Antonio Corso

pp. 67-80, Tavv. 6

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The scope of this paper is to reconstruct the artistic itinerary of Cephisodotus the Younger, Praxiteles’ elder son. It is likely that Cephisodotus’ early activity was still very indebted to the styles of his renowned father. However he progressively disengaged from the Praxitelean formal heritage in order to express the value of realism as well as the sense of space. Thus his last creation, which can be appreciated from a visual point of view – the portrait of Menander – is no longer inside the Praxitelean tradition but appears to be coherent with a realistic and three-dimensional concept of the statuary art.

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