Work of Polykleitos

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450-440BC High Classical


By Polykleitos

In contrapposto

Canon - used to create harmony and balance of the body and proportion. Left leg is slightly bent, head tilts slightly to the right

Body reacts to movement of the whole body

Originally in bronze

Imperfections (bridges and stump) for structural support

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Originally in bronze

'Man tying on a diadem'

Canon and in contrapposto

Muscles are moulded and accuratly react to stress placed on the muscle

Imperfections (bridges and stump)

No symmetry and no repeated patterns

Severe expression

Legs less defined than the chest and upper body

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