While Armitageworld has been buzzing with rumors of new projects (I have to force myself to let the rumors lie and wait for confirmed facts..the speculation kills me.) I’ve been pondering something else entirely. Legs. Men’s legs. Yeah, they don’t usually make a big impression on me. In fact, I was thinking about the subject this weekend, and it seems that I classify male legs much the same as I do wedding cakes. For me, the majority are unremarkable, passably attractive, but mostly “meh.” Occasionally though, I encounter one that makes me sit up and say, “Holy S%*t that is amazing cake!”
The Greeks were big fans of the “Holy S%*t” variety of legs as well, especially during the Archaic Period (~650-490 BC). A popular sculptural form of this period is known as the KOUROS. The kouros is a free standing nude male sculpture in the round…most commonly made of marble. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and evolve from fairly stylized beginnings that strongly suggest Egyptian inspiration, to a much more naturalistic approach that hints at coming attractions in the Classical period. Hundreds of them survive, many coming from sanctuaries of Apollo where they perhaps served as stand ins for the god. My favorite example had a different function.
From the inscription, most scholars believe that this particular kouros stood as a monument marking the grave of a youth named Kroisos who had been killed in battle. Sculpted around 525 BC, in marble, he stands 6’4″…probably somewhat above life size for ancient Greece, but a very good example of life size for a certain someone. He is an iconic example of a particular phase of the kouros typology, with all the component features, but what has always especially stood out to my eye is the powerful legs, especially the thighs. He is very lean through the waist, but then broadens out, not in a hipp-y feminine way, but through those massive quadriceps.
A view from the side show us that this is indeed sculpture in the round, and illustrates that the muscles of the back of the thigh, including the gluteals, are also well developed. Hence the “Holy S%*t” ranking.
I was reminded of the Anavysos Kouros when a certain set of fabulous flanks recently made an appearance at Cinema Con in Las Vegas.
Like the Anavysos Kouros, on the “wedding cake” scale, Richard Armitage definitely has “Holy S%*t” class legs…long and lean, but with exceptionally muscular thighs. Yum…that is some tasty cake! Not convinced? Allow me to provide further evidence:
Oh, there’s more…
Lingering doubts? Have no fear John Porter’s here…
Still not convinced? You are a tough crowd! Or,
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