In the days of Alexander's conquests, the sculptures of Lyssipos and his generation were seen as the epitome of high culture. Their canon of work was assimilated throughout four centuries in the many Hellenistic kingdoms, until the very end of the Roman empire. The direct extraction of ideas from the ancients has steadily dwindled to contemporaneity. But, if Poussin is the height by which we measure all painters: then the ideals of the ancients must still be latent. The greatest culmination of classical design has yet to be discovered. In 2016, it was my task to study the works of the ancients in person, so that I may refer to them in my work in the future. These graphite sketches were drawn from observation in the collections of Greek and Roman antiquity throughout the world. ■

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