Greek (probably Athenian) sculptor active in the mid-4th century bc. He is recorded in several ancient sources but is an elusive figure. In about 350 bc he is thought to have worked with Scopas and two other sculptors on the friezes of the celebrated Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, but it is not possible confidently to assign any of the surviving portions (BM, London) to him. He is also said to have worked for Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great. On rather tenuous evidence, the original of the Apollo Belvedere is sometimes attributed to Leochares, and a seated marble figure of the goddess Demeter (the Demeter of Cnidus, BM) has been proposed as a work from his own hand. It is considered one of the finest Greek sculptures to survive from the 4th century.
Subjects: Architecture — Art.