In his article, Alastair Sooke quotes Professor Rolf Michael Schneider of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: Without the Classical tradition, the Nazi visual ideology would have been rather different. Belarus' 2001 world champion Elena Zvereva is the oldest world champion, and medallist, in any discipline after winning her title at the age of 40 years and 268 days. A replica of the Naucydes discobolus This type of representation is attested by several other Roman copies agreed to be replicas of a bronze work, now lost, attributed to the Greek sculptor Naucydes of Argos. Discobolus statue by Myron Britannica. Roman copy with incorrectly restored head. In addition to being a depiction of athletic perfection, it has been a paradigm of homoeroticism and a piece of political identification.
The eyelashes and eyebrows were made of separately cast individual strips of bronze, and the lips and nipples were done in copper. Besides, it is not an easy job to capture the moment that an athlete is moving because they don't have any camera at that time and they need to remember every details on the athlete to sculpt the sculpture. Myron was the famous Greek Sculpture of the Discus thrower. The original Discobolus is attributed to the Greek sculptor Myron, a contemporary of Pheidias and Polykleitos and famous in antiquity for his representations of athletes. The cow however seemed to have earned his fame for acting as a peg on which epigrams were hung.
In the discus thrower Myron caught the athlete as he poised to unwind and propel the discus. The stadium opened in July 1936, and was host to the American Olympic track and field trials. It has a different posture and its hand and leg are bending which created the zigzag implied line on the body to make it looks more active. He was an Olympic winner of the footrace and was depicted poised on tiptoe at the start of the race. Like muscles, they seem to bugle a bit as they hold up the great weight of the roof. It is believed they probably represented deities, priestesses, or nymphs.
The other trademark of Myron depicted in this sculpture is how well the body is proportioned, symmetria. Olympia was directed by the acclaimed German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl 1902-2003 , who, in 1935, had made the innovative Nazi propaganda film. A follower of the school of Polyclitus of Argos, Naucydes remained faithful to the teaching of his master, as can be seen in this work. What classical meant when people knew what classical meant. The musculature is treated in thick, clearly defined masses, as in the Doryphorus and the Diadumenus a Roman copy of which is in the Louvre ; the anatomical aspect is governed by the same quest for harmony and by an equally skillful calculation of proportions.
A rededication ceremony held on July 21, 1999 included four-time Olympic gold medalist discus thrower Al Oerter and nine-time New York City Marathon victor Grete Waitz. Replicas: A beautifully made and satisfyingly large bronze example is available to order from the British Museum shop. This Sculptue is The Discus Thrower peparing to throw, completly naked. It seems the perfect formula for the depiction of a beautiful athletic body. Prior to the statue's discovery the term Discobolus had been applied in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to a standing figure holding a discus compare Discophoros , which Visconti identified as the Discobolus of Naukydes of Argos, mentioned by Pliny.
. Walker, Greek and Roman Portraits London, 1995 , 29, fig. John Ringling liked the Chiurazzi copies so much, that he purchased three of them - the others were placed at St. The young athlete turns his head toward the discus hold by his right hand. After leaving a career in music classical guitar because of a hand injury, David Linebarger earned a Ph. His discus-thrower was admired not only for the way it conveys movement and action in a single pose, but also for capturing Greek ideals about proportion, harmony, rhythm and balance. Note: Small figures similar to photo on the left, except on square black marble base.
Myron's Discus Thrower is one of the most famous classic Greek statues from this period. In 1970 the statue was removed to storage for safekeeping. Townley remained worried, however, on several points, and upon its arrival in London in 1794 he wrote to Jenkins, asking why the head of his statue faced outwards, and was not turned back to observe the discus, as in the Massimo version. This piece however won wide acceptance and viewers of the day found the statue to be of such enchanting beauty that it was considered a public model of positive moral values. Currently a Professor of Humanities at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, his publications include scholarly articles on Wallace Stevens and Modern Music, poetry in over 25 journals, and two chapbooks: War Stories Pudding House and Finishing Line Press. This sculpture was awarded a prize at the 1924 Olympic Games held in France.
For more about the development of High Classical Greek sculpture, see:. No copies have been identified. License Uploaded by , published on 03 December 2013 under the following license:. The head is wrongly restored and should be turned to watch the discus. Watch his second serve in slow motion. On our travels we see many wonderful museum pieces that have been excavated from archaeological sites. Payne Knight, Specimens of Ancient Sculpture, London 1809, pl.
It was also one of the five disciplines contested when women's athletics made its debut at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The lifelikeness of the statue was enhanced by the addition of eyeballs made of stone and colored glass. Is the sculptor alive who could do Federer justice? He invented the technique when studying the position of the famous statue of Discobolus. This last work is the famous Nike, or goddess of victory. Bibliography D'après l'antique, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2000, n 21, pp.
This Grecian work of art is renowend for its contribution to the contraposito form of sculpture. In order for the throw to be measured, the discus must land inside a marked sector and the athlete must not leave the circle before it has landed, and then only from the rear half of the circle. Townley acquired three items: the base of a candelabrum, a head of Bacchus, and the Discobolus. Cook, The Townley Marbles, London 1985, pp. It is now in the British Museum. Select Bibliography: - Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum 1808 , X. The warriors were found at the bottom of the ocean and meticulous conservators have worked to restore them to their original conditions.