Height 98 cm. Private collection, Geneva
Height 98 cm.
Private collection, Geneva.
“To him who has seen the Etolian, the Hellanodike who is the true executor of the ancient prescriptions of Heracles, place above his eyes, around his hair, the green leaves of olive.” (Pindar, Olympic Ode X). The athlete has his weight on his right leg and his left leg slightly behind him. This copy is reminiscent of the Farnese Antinous by the very accentuated ridges of flesh on the hips which are in contrast with the softish modelling of the rest of the body. Compared with other copies of the Diadoumenos, the proportions are more lively and harmonious and the general “S” form is more slender.