Little is known of his life, and what we do know, comes from ancient literary sources - primarily from the 1st century writer Pliny. Unlike other artists at the time, Myron does not appear to have established an art school, his only known pupil being his son Lykios. One of the identifying features of these statues is the Archaic smile. Working with heavy marble it required a great deal of skill and mathematical understanding to provide counterbalances that left these statues standing and not tipping to one side. Life Size figure on the right. Myron's Discus Thrower is one of the most famous classic Greek statues from this period. Biography Born in Eleutherae, a small town on the ancient borders of Boeotia and Attica, Myron lived most of his life in Athens.
The columns were slanted in this way to prevent a feeling of top-heaviness and to add a sense of stability to the building. His most famous , which exists only in the form of copies by Roman artists, is the famous bronze figure of a disc thrower known as Discobolus c. It is a characteristic close lipped smile used to enliven the expressions of the figures. The Greeks discovered how to do hollow-casting with bronze which allowed a great deal more freedom than marble and soon became the medium of choice. The statue was designed within a single plane, which means it was only meant to be seen from the sides. Like muscles, they seem to bugle a bit as they hold up the great weight of the roof.
Ancient critics held the opinion that Myrons skill just fell short of full classical perfection, while, early Imperial Roman writers consistently refer to Myron as one of the greatest Greek sculptors, a sign that his contemporary reputation remained high. Like all hunters, they hunted for a priceless object — and as the statue could not say no, they used the Discobolus for their perverse ideologies. Note About Sculpture Appreciation To learn how to judge Greek classical sculptors like Myron, see:. Myron is often credited as being the first sculpture to master this style. The head is wrongly restored and should be turned to watch the discus. The athlete is portrayed adjusting his position, in the instant prior to hurling himself forward for the throw. More information for my Art class.
British Museum I, London 1890, pp. The artist has caught the athlete in the culminating act of throwing the disk, rendering his body in a complicated torsion full of life. Watch his second serve in slow motion. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities. This sculpture shows a nude young man, an athlete - discus thrower.
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. The moment captured in the statue is an example of rhythmos, harmony and balance. The corresponding female statues were always shown clothed and were called kore. Named after the English connoisseur Charles Townley. I London 1892 , 90-1, no. He created the statue for the city of Knidos. They provide an interesting peek into the Greek mindset.
Note: Small figures similar to photo on the left, except on square black marble base. Although the head of Townley's statue had been broken off, Jenkins claimed that it had been discovered lying beside the torso on the site, writing to Townley on 27 September 1794: 'The Head of Your Statue was not only found with it, but I believe You will See it is Precisely the Same Vein of Marble, that in Rome, there never was the slightest doubt of its authenticity'. Later the Acropolis was built on top of the rubble. Myron's Discus Thrower is one of the most famous classic Greek statues from this period. He was an Olympic winner of the footrace and was depicted poised on tiptoe at the start of the race.
The Kouros were life size or larger free standing sculptures of nude young men. Also there is very little emotion shown in the discus thrower's face. I could go on and on. Myron chose a moment of rest between two periods of movement for a statue that combines implied action with classical formalism. Townley acquired three items: the base of a candelabrum, a head of Bacchus, and the Discobolus. What has survived of the discus thrower are Roman copies and not the original. One of the most famous is the Palombara Discobolus from Rome, now on display in the National Museum of Rome.
You will notice that the artists is trying elicit a specific emotional reponse from the viewer, this was characteristic of Hellenistic art. Commissioned by Ery Kehaya, the bronze sculpture was installed in Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum in 1926. Dimitriadis, who also studied and worked in Paris and London, was inspired by models from classical antiquity, and was influenced by more modern sculptors such as Auguste Rodin. The Discus Thrower During the classical period sculpture changed dramatically. Over the centuries, notes Dr.