25 Most Intense Greek Statues

Posted by on September 2, 2013

There is a lot of history attached to Greek Statues (which we won’t go into on this post). However, you don’t need a history degree to admire the incredible artistry of these magnificent sculptures. Truly timeless works of art, these 25 most intense Greek statues are masterpieces of paramount proportions.


The Victorious Youth

Known by its Italian name Atleta di Fano, Victorious Youth is a Greek bronze sculpture that was found in the sea of Fano on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It was built between 300 and 100 BC and is currently among the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. Historians believe that the statue was once a part of the group of sculptures of victorious athletes in Olympia and Delphi.


Artemision Bronze

An ancient Greek sculpture that was recovered from the sea of Cape Artemision, the Artemision Bronze is believed to represent either Zeus or Poseidon. There are still debates over the subject of this sculpture because its missing thunderbolt rules out the possibility that it is Zeus, while its missing trident also rules out the possibility that it is Poseidon. It has always been associated with ancient sculptors Myron and Onatas.


Statue of Zeus at Olympia

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia is a 13-meter statue characterized by a giant seated figure. It was built by a Greek sculptor named Phidias and is currently erected at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. The statue is made of ivory and wood and depicts Greek god Zeus sitting on a cedar wood throne festooned with ivories, gold, ebonies and other precious stones. It is considered today as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Statue of Athena Parthenos

Athena Parthenos was the name given to a gigantic chryselephantine statue of the Greek goddess Athena discovered inside the Parthenon in Athens. Made of silver, ivory and gold, it was sculpted by the renowned ancient Greek sculptor Phidias and is considered today as the most famous cult image of Athens. It was ruined by a fire that took place in 165 BC but was repaired and housed again in Parthenon in the 5th century.


Lady of Auxerre

The 75-cm Lady of Auxerre is a Cretan sculpture currently housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris. It depicts an archaic Greek goddess during the 6th century, Persephone. A curator from Louvre named Maxime Collignon found the mini statue inside a storage vault in the Museum of Auxerre in 1907. Historians believe that the sculpture was created during the 7th century, when Greece was moving on from its Dark Age.