The Colossus of the Naxians
The so-called Colossus of the Naxians is one of the masterpieces of archaic large-scale sculpture (recently published: L. Giuliani, Meisterwerke der antiken Kunst (Masterpieces of Ancient Art), 2005, pages 13 et seqq.), and is not missing in any comprehensive presentation of the Archaic epoch (recently published: P.C. Bol, Die Geschichte der antiken Bildhauerkunst I. Die frühgriechische Plastik (History of Ancient Sculpture I. Early Greek Sculpture), 2002, pages 117 et seqq.) The Colossus received its most comprehensive and best
tribute by G. Gruben (JdI 112, 1997, 267ff.) Still, questions remain.The interpretation of the statue as a picture of Apollo remains unparalleled in large-scale sculpture. The archaic inscription on the back of the base is also unparalleled.Without parallels are the proportions and the style of the Colossus in archaic large-scale sculpture, which caused A. Hermary (REA 95,1993, 11ff.) to interpret the preserved parts as the remains of a classical replacement statue. This radical position has hardly been discussed, although the style and the iconography of the Colossus, as well as technical aspects, raise many questions.
During two visits to Delos (2005 and 2007), thanks to the hospitality of the École Française / Athènes, and thanks to the overwhelming helpfulness of Marie-Françoise Billot and the willingness of the 21st department of the Cyclades, namely P. Chatzidakis, the opportunity presented itself to study the torsos in different lighting, the two left hands in the museum and warehouse, and the rest of the timely sculpture in the museum. The discussions with Marie-Françoise Billot and Jean-Charles Moretti remain a grateful memory.
As soon as there will be an opportunity to see the stylistically confusing left foot fragment in London, a differentiated evaluation to clarify the above questions shall be made.
In the meantime, the planned article has been accepted for publication by the DAI and will appear in the Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts (Yearbook of the German Archaeological Institute) 2018.