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Cresilas
(294 words)

[German version]

Bronze sculptor of Cydonia. According to the evidence of inscriptions on existing socles, C. worked c. 450-420 BC in Delphi, Hermione and Athens. He created the most famous portrait of  Pericles in antiquity, ‘worthy of the epithet Olympian’ (Plin. HN 34,74). It was regarded as identical with the portrait statue of Pericles seen by Pausanias on the acropolis and which is clearly identified in copies. A statue by C. depicting a mortally wounded figure (volneratum deficientem) was described by Pliny and is usually equated with the bronze statue depicting D…

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Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Cresilas”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e622760>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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