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Born c. 480 BC
Kydonia, Crete, Classical Greece
Died c. 410 BC
  • In Argos, Dorotheos's school
  • In Athens, Myron's school
Known for sculpture
Notable work
  • Pericles with the Corinthian helmet
  • Athena of Velletri

Kresilas (Greek: Κρησίλας Krēsílas; c. 480 – c. 410 BC) was a Greek sculptor in the Classical period (5th century BC), from Kydonia. He was trained in Argos and then worked in Athens at the time of the Peloponnesian war, as a follower of the idealistic portraiture of Myron. He is best known for his statue Pericles with the Corinthian helmet.


Kresilas hailed from the city-state of Kydonia, on the island of Crete.[1] He was trained in Argos as a student of Dorotheos, with whom he worked at Delphi and Hermione.[2] Between 450 and 420 BC he worked mainly in Athens, as a follower of Myron's school and in the post-Phidias period he brought elements of compactness due to the Peloponnesian period.[2]

Roman writer Pliny the Elder wrote of a competition between the four sculptors Polykleitos, Phidias, Kresilas, and Phradmon, on the best statues of Amazons for the temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Each sculptor placed himself at first place, but Phidias, Kresilas, and Phradmon had all put Polykleitos at second place, thus, Polykleitos won.


Herm of “Pericles, son of Xanthippus, Athenian”, Roman copy of the original by Kresilas, Vatican Museums (no. 269).
  • He created a Diomedes statue according to Homer's description.[4]


Kresilas, though actually a man, was accidentally included in Judy Chicago's masterpiece work The Dinner Party.[5]


  1. ^ XXXIV, 53.
  2. ^ a b Giuliano 1987, p. 686
  3. ^ a b Pliny, XXXIV.74
  4. ^ Barr, Sandra M (2008). Making Something Out of Next to Nothing: Bartolomeo Cavaceppi and the Major Restorations of Myron's "Discobolus". p. 134. ISBN 9781109028539. 
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Museum". Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Cresilla. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 


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