No. D 119
Date Range : about 450 BC
H. 1,69 m
Material: marble copy of a bronze original
Collection: Rome, Vatican Museums

  • General view of the Discus thrower
  • Detailed view
  • Discus

On the turn of 6th to 5th century BC a great advancement occured in the Greek art. One of the most famous examples, dating in the early classical period, is the Discobolus of Myron (discus thrower). In contrast to the arcaic sculptures, the Discobolus schows a powerful motion and it is not characterized by the severe frontality, which was common in previous periods. In this way we can see a snap-shot enbodied by the statue. The poise of his arms, legs and upper body represent a supremely strained athlete, who is going to throw away his discus in the next moment. On the contrary his face seems to be relaxed. The thrower´s spinal column between his head and his body is interrupted. So we can conclude, that his head is incorrectly restored. It is remarkable that the Discobol´s head turns away and seems to be undersized.

(R.M.)

Bibliography

W. Fuchs, Die Skulptur Der Griechen4 (München 1993) 73-76
S. G. Miller, Ancient Greek Athletics (New Haven 2004) 229

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