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The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period / Edition 1

The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period / Edition 1

by Sean Hemingway


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Anyone who visits the National Archaeological Museum in Athens will vividly recall its centrepiece, the Horse and Jockey bronzes that were recovered in pieces from the sea off Artemision in 1928 and 1936. Bronze sculptures were popular throughout the Hellenistic world, the most famous being the Colossus of Rhodes, but very few survive today and the majority of those that do come from shipwrecks. The Horse and Jockey is one of the best to survive and forms the focus of this well-illustrated and informative study. Combining 'a technical, stylistic, and iconographic examination of the bronzes with a careful assessment of the archaeological, epigraphic, literary, and iconographic evidence for horse racing', the volume discusses the rescue of the bronzes off northern Euboia, their initial condition and restoration before describing and analysing each part of the horse and its young jockey in turn. Hemingway considers the construction of the sculpture in detail, making comparison with similar examples, and assesses attempts by scholars during the last seventy years to date the bronzes and identify their purpose. Art historians have suggested that the bronzes depict a hunting or battle scene but Hemingway sides with those who interpret it as a representation of horse racing, 'the most prestigious and splendid of all Greek sports'. The book concludes with Helen Andreopolou-Mangou's chemical analysis and metallographic examination of the bronzes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520233089
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/08/2004
Series: Hellenistic Culture and Society Series , #45
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Seán Hemingway is Associate Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Hellenistic Bronze Statuary: An
2. An Early Underwater Rescue Excavation
3. Technical Analysis
4. Questions of Style and Identification
5. Ancient Greek Horse Racing
6. Conclusions

Appendix: Chemical Analysis of the Horse and Jockey Group from Artemision in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, by Helen Andreopoulou-Mangou


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