La Delicata

La Delicata
La Delicata

This sculptural work belongs to the severe style of Greek art, but already at a time, such as the end of the 6th century BC, which is considered a mature phase and prior to what will be in the next century the classical sculptural art par excellence, the period in which works such as Myron's Discobolus or Polykleitos' Doryphorus are created.

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La Delicata

But returning to this figure called La Delicata, we are dealing with a work made of marble and that was found in the Acropolis of Athens, along with two other contemporary marbles also of female characters that have been called La Malcarada and la Doncella. Given its origin, this work is currently part of the archaeological collection of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

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La malcarada

These three works, although partially found, allow us to get an idea of ​​what full-body sculptures would be like. And in all three cases it can be seen that they would be taking a slight step with their left foot. Much more restrained to the big steps posed by the kuroi, the male representations of the time.

Also another typical feature of the koré or female figures is that usually her left hand is holding her skirt, at the same time that she moves it to one of her sides, letting the folds of the skirt fall free.dresses. At the same time the right hand is extended forward, in a gesture that would correspond to an offering.

His dresses are usually two pieces. A long tunic that would be very fine, called a chiton, and over it a much stronger mantle is placed, whose name is himation. Generally this cloak is placed over the right shoulder and reaches under the left arm, covering the chest forming a curved diagonal. An elegant composition that gives complexity to the whole.

In fact, it brings a lot of dynamism and also contrasts with the vertical folds of the himation, which are usually very heavy and cover a large part of the figure's trunk. Which makes the subtlety and lightness of the chiton that is capable of revealing the shape of the legs more striking.

This is an interpretation of the whole from pieces of sculptures. And we would still be missing a very important piece of information to be able to imagine them completely, since these works would be completely and heavily painted, as descriptions of the time indicate.

However, there are also some works that have come down to us that are more complete, such as the Kore del peplo, whose posture is very similar to that of La Delicata, but her costume, with a peplo, is an interesting variant.

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