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Myron's Discobolus is one of the most iconic artworks of classical antiquity Istaknut

Discobolus, the motif of a discus thrower, an ancient Greek athlete, is often present in ancient Greek and Roman fine arts. It was depicted on vases, money, reliefs, and statues. The most famous is the statue of the Greek sculptor Myron from the middle of the 5th century BC the Discobolus or Discus Thrower, originally sculpted in bronze. The statue has gained fame largely through its many bronzes and marble copies made by the Romans. Its famous copy, made in marble, exactly according to the original, by Roman sculptors, is today in the National Museum in Rome.

The Discobolus is the oldest successful attempt to deviate from sculptural conventionality and sculpt a statue in motion. Myron presented a young nude athlete with this statue at the moment of the greatest physical tension and mental concentration before launching a disc. His right foot is firmly planted in front while his left curls up onto its toes. The twisting torso and head are turned to the right as his right arm pulls back the discus. The durability and number of movements stopped at the moment, is described by a large arc line, which begins with the disc in the right hand, and ends with the tip of the heel of the left foot, and optically returns the observer to the disc. Although he is involved in a demanding situation, his face and body are unusually relaxed and composed. His head is presented coldly, calmly, idealized and generalized, which indicates the rest of the archaic.

The Discobolus reached a similar reputation as the statue of the Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer) by Polykleitos. In ancient times, this statue became popular because it represented the athletic ideal. Also, it is praised as the personification of equilibrium, strength, and athletic beauty.

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