5th century, male.
Born c. 490 BC, in Athens; died c. 432 BC.
Sculptor, painter, architect.
Phidias is a particularly difficult sculptor to describe, especially since no works exist that can be attributed to him with absolute certainty. Some of his statues are known through copies or written descriptions. His main body of work, the Parthenon sculptures, has become badly deteriorated and in any case was executed for the most part by assistants, even if they were following his plans. Yet, although he is difficult to pin down in detail, his figure looms large through the example of his major works. There is something exceptional and larger than life about Phidias, both in his choice of statues and in the programmes of work he was to tackle, such as the Parthenon....