Head of athlete (Diadumenos)

Testa di atleta (Diadumeno)
Late Hellenistic copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Pentelic marble
From Terracina, Latium
Inv. MB 107

This head, from Terracina, is badly damaged, but we can still perceive the very high quality of the copy, which accurately reproduces in marble the refined chiseling of the bronze original. In the Diadumenos, Polyclitus was trying out, around 430 B.C., a new balance in the athlete’s figure, resulting from the position of the raised arms.

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The hall

Room 5, devoted to Greek art