The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 4, 2024

Head of Youth

Head of Youth

c. 470 BCE
Overall: 19.4 x 13.1 x 15.9 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 6 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The Severe style, named for its sober simplicity, marks the beginning of the Greek Classical period, c. 480–450 BC.


Although the face is now badly broken and quite weathered, this head was originally of high-quality workmanship, as can be seen in the extremely fine carving of the wavy hair preserved at the top and back. The slight asymmetry of the neck and facial features suggest that the head, which likely belonged to a full-bodied sculpture just under life-size, turned gently to one side.
  • Howard, R. “Archaic Head of a Youth.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 16, no. 1 (1929): 2, 7-8.
    Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo. “A Greek Head of the Severe Period.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 56, no. 3 (1969): 121–26.
    Ridgway, Brunilde Sismondo. The Severe Style in Greek Sculpture. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1970. Pp. 59-60, 74, Figs. 88-91.
  • Julie Mehretu: Portals (FRONT International: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 16-November 13, 2022).
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