Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Discobolus of Myron : exemplary Greek realism from the late Classical period

Myron of Eleutherae - 480-440 BC - was an Athenian sculptor, says He was born in Eleutherae on the borders of Boeotia and Attica.

Chionis, a seventh century Olympic victor from Sparta, was commemorated in this idealized bronze by Myron.

He worked almost exclusively in bronze:[4] and though he made some statues of gods and heroes, his fame rested principally upon his representations of athletes, in which he made a revolution, according to commentators in Antiquity, by introducing greater boldness of pose and a more perfect rhythm, subordinating the parts to the whole.

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