Red figure pottery shows athlete with discus
The Discobolus of Myron is a Greek sculpture completed at the beginning of the Classical Period, featuring a young ancient Greek athlete throwing a discus, about 460–450 BC.
Statue discus thrower
The original Greek bronze is missing, but the work is identified by several Roman copies, including full-scale ones in marble, which was cheaper than bronze, such as the first to be found, the Palombara Discobolus, and smaller versions in bronze.
The discus thrower depicted is about to release his throw: "through sheer wisdom," Kenneth Clark said in The Nude, "Myron has built a long-lasting cycle of athletic energy. He's taken a moment of action so transitory that athletic students still question if it's possible, and he's given it the completeness of a cameo.
The moment thus depicted in the sculpture is an example of rhythm, harmony and balance. Myron is often regarded as the first sculptor to master this style. Of reality, as always in Greek athletics, the Discobolus is completely naked. His posture is said to be peculiar to a human being, and today is considered a rather inefficient way of throwing the discus. There is also very little emotion shown in the discus thrower's eyes, and "it may seem to the western eye that Myron's quest for perfection has made it too rigorously eliminate the sense of strain in the individual muscles," Clark observes. Myron's other characteristic expressed in this work is how well the body is proportioned.
The potential energy displayed in the closely wounded pose of this sculpture, which demonstrates the moment of stasis just before the launch, is an example of the progress of Archaic's Classical Sculpture.
Myron's Discobolus A discussion about the sculpture between Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker on video at Khan Academy/Smarthistory
>Skulpturhalle, Basel collection record (German), 69-30/SH 948
Capitoline Museum collection record, MC0241
>One of my favorites to view is the 3D preview model of the sculpture. You will not want to miss out on seeing this!
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