Archaische Griechische Kunst: Der Kouros
What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed? Michelangelo
The brothers Kleobis and Biton (Κλέοβις και Βίτων) excavated at Delphi in 1893 (identified by an inscription on the base of one of the Kouroi), 590 BC, Delphi, Greece, Sculptor Polymedes from Argos. Inscription: Polymedes the Argive made me. Pausanias also described a relief: Hard by are Cleobis and Biton carved in relief on stone, themselves drawing the carriage and taking in it their mother to the sanctuary of Hera.
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Preparing a Block of Marble to form a Kouros Sculpture. A Grid of Lines was drawn and the Figure projected. A method that was applied for some early Kouros sculptures. Diagram from S. Woodford, An Introduction to Greek Art, Cornell University Press, 1986.
Kouros of Tenea, 575-550 BC, from Tenea in Corinth, showing a man who died young. A Kouros is always a young nude (“heroic nudity”) man . The clinched fists, standing with left leg forward similar to sculptures from Egypt but the Greek Kouroi are completely nude, a unique element found only in Greek culture since the 8th century BC. The Egyptians male sculptures at least wear a kilt. The revolutionary new element is also that the sculptures are standing free, for the first time in western Art. The Egyptians had some elements to support the statue but the Greeks tried to eliminate all pieces that do not belong to the body. Usually a symbol for a dead person but not a real portrait. As the statues were painted I used some color for the Tenea Kouros
Kroisos Kouros (3D View) German Webpage
Even larger is the Kouros of Melanes with 6.4 meter and probably the greatest is the Kouros Apollonas (Naxos) with 10 meter 2 times larger than the giant Kouros of Samos (although not a finished sculpture). But even this Kouros was small compared to the Colossi of Memnon in Egypt