Kouros of Getty
The Kouros of Getty, or Getty Kouros, is a sculpture in the round made with marble depicting a man in a hieratic posture. It is very rigid, with arms close to the body, and the left leg goes slightly forward. It is completely naked.
It is a Greek kouros of the Archaic period. That archaic smile is clearly seen, as are the details of the hair worked slightly better, as the torso. This makes it from the archaic period but advanced, as there are improvements. These sculptures were polychromed, but the color has been lost over time. I could say it belongs to the VI century before Christ, approximately.
The Greeks kouroi were made to represent a man who had died young. In Greek archaic sculpture, the man was the main reason, but it is not a realistic or naturalistic sculpture, but idealized, as it seeks to represent the areté, the virtue.
The birth of Greek culture and art were born between the IX and VIII centuries before Christ on the peninsula of Attica, the Peloponnese peninsula, the peninsula on the west coast of Asia Minor and the Aegean islands. The importance of their art and culture is enormous.
In conclusion, the kouroi were typical Greek sculptures, which gradually were improved until reaching the sculptures with pathos, with feeling.It is in the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Malibu, California, United States of America.