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".
Details
Place of Origin
Italy
Date of Manufacture
First Century A.D.
Period
15th Century and Earlier
Materials and Techniques
Marble
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
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
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
U120416920962
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