Large and Beautifully Sculpted First Century Ad Classical Roman Torso of an Athl

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A large and beautifully sculpted first century AD Classical Roman Torso of an athlete standing contraposto, balanced on his right leg, the left leg trailing slightly, with minor restorations. The robust modeling of the musculature, as well as the pose, illustrates the ideal male body type developed by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos in about 440 BC. Polykleitos sought perfection through measurement, symmetry and the careful balancing of opposites, such as tension and relaxation. He described this ideal in a treatise called the Kanon (Rule,) one of the earliest manuals for sculptors. Polykleitos created the Doryphoros (Spear Bearer,) to emphasize his aesthetic and this piece is likely a later Roman copy of the original.
Statue without base measures: Height 32 1/2"; width 17 1/2"; depth 8".
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
First Century A.D.
15th Century and Earlier
Materials and Techniques
Excellent. Item #03502.
43 in. H x 17.75 in. W x 13.75 in. D
109 cm H x 45 cm W x 35 cm D
Dealer Location
San Francisco, CA
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1stdibs Dealer since 2011 | Located in San Francisco, CA
C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom
1301 Harrison St.
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 870-8722