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Polykleitos' Doryphoros is a visual expression of the Greeks' search for harmony and beauty Istaknut

Doryphoros or Spear-Bearer of Polykleitos is one of the best-known Greek statues of classical antiquity. Polykleitos made a statue according to the tenets of his treatise, and called it, like the work, the Canon, translated as measure or rule. The lost bronze original of the statue would have been cast circa 440 BCE, but it is today known only from later (mainly Roman period) marble copies. A well-preserved Roman period copy of the Doryphoros is in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

The Doryphoros is an illustration of writings in Canon on the symmetric between the body parts. Polykleitos used distinct proportions when creating this work. He achieved a balance between muscular tensions and relaxation due to the chiastic principle that he relied on. The statue stands at approximately 6 feet 11 inches tall. It depicts a heavily muscled but athletic figure of a young warrior, originally bearing a spear balanced on his left shoulder. The figure's pose is classical contrapposto, bearing the weight on one straight leg, while the other is bent and relaxed. His head turned slightly to the right. The face is generic, displaying no emotion.

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