Un atleta in avorio di stile severo

Mario Iozzo

pp. 41-45, Tavv. 5

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This study presents a Greek ivory statuette, carved around 480 B.C., which portrays a runner about to begin his race. It once belonged to Lamberto Vitali, a famous collector and scholar (mainly of contemporary art), who willed it as a bequest to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. This remarkable figurine is the only Greek Severe Style ivory sculpture known today. However, the material used and the associated technique of workmanship, which differ from those used for marble and bronze, makes it difficult to attribute the statuette to a particular sculptural school.

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