READING BETWEEN THE LOINS: A CURIOUS ANOMALY IN THE PORTRAYAL OF THE MALE PHYSIQUE IN GREEK SCULPTURE

P. Tennant

Abstract


Despite their apparent mastery of the representation of anatomical detail, Greek and Greco-Roman sculptors from the Classical period onwards regularly exaggerated the prominence of the “iliac crest” and its extension into the lower abdomen, creating the so-called cuirasse esthétique. This article explores possible reasons for this phenomenon.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/53-0-38

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