Archaische Griechische Kunst: Der Kouros
Some consider the Kouros something like a grave marker that was used by Aristocrats that could afford these very expensive sculptures. Why their form remained for a long period relatively unchanged before the sudden revolution towards realism (mimesis) has been discussed by many specialists.
Ptoon Kouros 515-500 B.C
The Kouros from Thera (Apollo of Thera) National Museum Athens
The Kouros (Apollo ) from Orchomenus National Museum Athens
known also as Strangford Apollo
Greek - Archaic Rampin Horseman another image of the head
Former US president B. Clinton and the Rampin Horseman (Source)
The Aristodikos Kouros 510-500 BC (National Archaeological Museum of Athens)
Kouros of Piombino (another image) "A Kouros" from the 1st century BC (archaizing)
Kouros from Melos c. 550 BC marble h. 2.14m.
The Kritios Boy (Παις του Κριτίου) c. 490-480 BC (Acropolis Museum) probably from the sculptor Kritios. A transitional sculpture, towards more realism who marks the end of the Kouros art.
Deborah Tarn Steiner , Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought Princeton University Press 2001
http://www.archaeotext.org/kuroi.htm Comparative studies of the development of the Kuroi representation from an anatomical view,a Text in German for “experts in anatomy”
Nikolaos Kaltsas, Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum Athens , J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003, ISBN: 0892366869
John Boardman, Greek Sculpture: The Archaic Period (World of Art) John Boardman ( June 1985)