The Discobolus (BOK)

Ian Jenkins

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The Discobolus or discus-thrower is a marvellous classical piece of sculpture that over time has come to mean different things to different people. Originally cast in bronze by the fifth-century BC sculptor Myron, the composition portraying an athlete preparing to throw his discus captures a moment of action perfectly: the tensed body looks as if it is merely pausing and about to burst into life at any moment. An enduring pattern of energy, Myrons statue of harmonious proportions is a fantastic representation of the athletic ideal and an embodiment of the male Greek body beautiful. Sadly, the original statue has long been lost; however, it was so admired by the Romans that numerous marble copies were made. This book tells the story of Myron's Discobolus both as an archaeological artefact and bearer of meaning. Focusing on the Townley Discobolus, the Roman marble copy excavated from Hadrians Villa in Lazio, Italy, this illustrated introduction explores the history and significance of the statue in both classical and modern times in light of ancient discus throwing, Myron's other works, and the artistic, intellectual and philosophical context of the Greek world.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Ian Jenkins
British Museum Press
ISBN 9780714122717
Antall sider 64 Dimensjoner 15,1cm x 21cm x 0,7cm
Vekt 170 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Classical history / classical civilisation, History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE, Sculpture