Torso — variant of a Diadoumenos by Polykleitos
Marble. 130—140 CE. Roman copy of a Greek original of the 5th century BCE.
Height 98 cm.
Private collection, Geneva

Torso — variant of a Diadoumenos by Polykleitos.

Marble. 130—140 CE. Roman copy of a Greek original of the 5th century BCE.
Height 98 cm.

Private collection, Geneva

Origin:
Unknown; from the Landsdowne collection, acquired from G. Hamilton in 1775.
Description:
The torso represents a young athlete winding a victory ribbon round his head.

“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.

D. Vanhove
Literature:
D. Kreikenbom, in: Polyklet, Der Bildhauer der grieschichen Klassik, Liebighaus, Museum alter Plastik (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1990) no. 71 p. 557.
Credits:
© 1993. Photo, text: Olympism in antiquity. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 89 cat. no. 32.
© Photo — J. Zbinden (Geneva).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines ρωμαϊκό αντίγραφο roman copy copia romana römische kopie copie romaine marble torso variant of a diadoumenos by polykleitos roman copy of a greek original athlete ephebe muscular system youth diadoumenos diadumenus polycletus polyklitus polykleitos polyklitos polycleitus polyclitus polyklet from the landsdowne collection from the hamilton collection
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