Statue of a Victorious Youth
Getty Conversations


Would you believe that this ancient Greek statue was found at the bottom of the ocean by fishermen in the 1960s?

 

A conversation with Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, Curator of Antiquities, Getty Museum and Dr. Beth Harris, Executive Director, Smarthistory, in front of Statue of a Victorious Youth, Greek, c. 300–100 B.C.E. Bronze with inlaid copper, 151.5 x 70 x 27.9 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Would you believe that this ancient Greek statue was found at the bottom of the ocean by fishermen in the 1960s? What was once a shining emblem of Olympic achievement underwent a physical transformation and now tells of its journey far from home.

Getty has joined forces with Smarthistory to bring you an in-depth look at select works within our collection, whether you’re looking to learn more at home or want to make art more accessible in your classroom. This six-part video series illuminates art history concepts through fun, unscripted conversations between art historians, curators, archaeologists, and artists, committed to a fresh take on the history of visual arts.


Additional resources

View this work on the Getty Museum’s website

Carol C. Mattusch, The Victorious Youth (J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997)

Sarah Waldorf, A Brief Introduction to Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (Getty Art Stories, July 21, 2015)

 

Cite this page as: Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, "Statue of a Victorious Youth
Getty Conversations," in Smarthistory, March 28, 2022, accessed June 26, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/statue-of-a-victorious-youth-getty-conversations/.