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

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

Hardback Hellenistic Culture & Society

By (author) Sean Hemingway

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 254mm x 22mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520233085
  • ISBN 13: 9780520233089
  • Illustrations note: 10 color illustrations, 73 black & white photographs, 9 line illustrations, 1 map, 1 table

Product description

In 1928, and again in 1937, parts of a large-scale bronze horse and nearly complete jockey were recovered from the sea off Cape Artemision in Greece, where they had gone down in a shipwreck. These original Hellenistic sculptures, known together as the 'Horse and Jockey Group from Artemision', are among the very few surviving bronze sculptures from antiquity. Sean Hemingway has been allowed by the National Museum in Athens to investigate the horse and jockey statuary group as no one ever has before, and in this book, combining archaeological and art historical methods of investigation, he provides the first in-depth study of this rare and beautiful monument. New technical analyses of the statues by Helen Andreopoulou-Mangou form an appendix to the volume. Hemingway begins with an introduction to Hellenistic bronze statuary and what we know about this extraordinary class of ancient sculpture. He then recounts with riveting detail the discovery and painstaking restoration of the statue group, describing the technique of its creation and carefully reviewing scholarly knowledge and speculation about it. He also provides a valuable compendium of what is known about ancient Greek horse racing, the most prestigious and splendid of all Greek sports. After a full consideration of all the available evidence, he speculates further about the work's original meaning and function. His study provides a glimpse of the excellence achieved by Hellenistic bronze sculptors, and it will become the definitive resource on this unique sculpture from ancient Greece.

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Author information

Sean 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 Preface 1. Hellenistic Bronze Statuary: An Introduction 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 Notes Bibliography Index