Thursday, December 15, 2005

A Roman copy of an ancient Greek Sculpture at the Met

Here is our podcast of this Roman (marble) copy of an ancient Greek (bronze) sculpture by the famous artist Polykleitos. The original bronze was sculpted during the classical period. Polykleitos was interested in a "canon" of proportions that would dictate how the human body should be represented at its most perfect and harmonious. This harmony was found both in the position of the figure (in perfectly balanced contrapposto) and in the harmonious relationship of the parts to the whole. This is a good example of the ancient Greek interest, during the classical period, in the idealized, young, athletic male body. Statue of Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head), ca. 69–96 A.D. Right click here to download the MP3, or listen using the player below.

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