ὅ παῖς καλός: Richard Armitage and the Quintessence of Quadriceps

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 KOUROSThe 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.

His inscription reads, ""Stand and mourn for Kroisos, first in line of battle and whom Ares killed." Source

His inscription reads, “”Stand and mourn for Kroisos, first in line of battle and whom Ares killed.”
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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.

Profile view...

Profile view…

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.

Oh hello there... (Sorry...I cut everyone else out of the frame - to give the thigh is due!) Source

Oh hello there…
(Sorry…I cut everyone else out of the frame – to give the thigh it’s due!)
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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:

A vintage shot...eyes on the thighs please! Source

A vintage shot…eyes on the thighs please!
Source:  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com

Oh, there’s more…

Spooks S8...I love how the light traces the curve of the quad... www.richardarmitagenet.com

Spooks S8…I love how the light traces the curve of the quad…
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com

Lingering doubts?  Have no fear John Porter’s here…

So they're disguised in Lucas North's painted on jeans...you can plainly see the point :) www.richardarmitagenet.com

OK, I’ll admit, Porter’s gams are disguised in Lucas North’s painted on jeans…but you can plainly see the thighs have it!  (I am almost sorry for the puns…almost.)
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com

Still not convinced?  You are a tough crowd!  Or,

You're holding out for the comparative rear view!

You’re holding out for the comparative rear view!

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