“Statue of a Youth (The Mozia Charioteer), Sicilian Greek,
marble, 470-460 B.C., 71″ tall

One of the finest sculptural achievements in Western Art, and certainly from the Classical Period, is the Sicilan Greek statue known as “The Mozia Charioteer” (470-460 B.C.) Pose, gaze, and the idealized human form, which bursts forth beneath a diaphanous garment, declare a powerful eroticism. Discovered on the small island of Mozia in 1979, the sculpture is being shown for the first time in America. It stands as the centerpiece of “Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome” at the Getty Villa. until August 19.

“Statue of a Youth (The Mozia Charioteer)”
rear view

From the fifth to the third centuries, an opulent lifestyle was enjoyed in ancient Sicily. From the fine arts to the culinary arts, the good life flourished amidst intellectual achievement and innovation. Among the 145 objects, highlights include a beautiful lidded wedding vase of pigmented terracotta as well as an ink on parchment text page from “Archimedes Palimpsest”. See it this weekend!

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