Charioteer of Delphi (5th century B.C., cast 1977)

by Artist Unknown

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art
Kelly Drive near 24th Street
5th century B.C., cast 1977

  • Title

    Charioteer of Delphi

  • Artist

    Artist Unknown

  • Year

    5th Century B.C., cast 1977

  • Medium

    Bronze cast of ancient piece

  • Dimensions

    Height 5'9"; width 2'1"; depth 2'6" (base height 2'3")

Gift of the Greek government to the City of Philadelphia

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • Considered one of the finest surviving sculptures of classical Greece

  • Contemporary Greek artists Nikos Kerlis and Theodora Papayannis cast this duplicate using the lost-wax process, one of the most accurate methods available

Around 478 B.C., Polyzalos, the Tyrant of Gela in Sicily, commissioned a statue to express his gratitude to the god Apollo for his charioteer’s victory in the Pythian Games. Now in the museum at Delphi, this bronze is considered one of the finest surviving sculptures of classical Greece. The cast near Philadelphia’s Museum of Art was a gift from the Greek government.

Contemporary Greek artists Nikos Kerlis and Theodora Papayannis cast this faithful duplicate using the lost-wax process, one of the most accurate methods available. As in the original, the left arm is missing, as are the chariot and horses that once formed part of the sculpture.

A man looks at Charioteer of Delphi outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Ann Kuttner is professor of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Penelope Lagakos is the daughter of Judge Gregory Lagakos who facilitated the donation of the Charioteer.

Shane Stratton is a sculptor who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Segment Producer: Eric Molinsky

A program of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association), Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an innovative and accessible outdoor sculpture audio program for Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art.

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Photo Albert Yee © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

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This artwork is part of the Along Kelly Drive tour, and the Around the Philadelphia Museum of Art tour.

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