Discobolus Head - Item #169
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FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
17 Inches High x 7 Inches Wide x 10 Inches Deep
The Greek sculptor Myron was famous for his athletes and animals. One such sculpture of Myron's that is considered one of the best of the Classical period is the life-size Discobolus, or Discus Thrower. The original bronze is lost, but many Roman copies exist, including the best copy which is in the Museo Nazionale Romano. The figure is renowned for its complexity of motion and form. Despite the thrower's apparent action, he is depicted at rest, shown in between the backswing and the forward swing.
This full-size and life-size head is from the copy in the British Museum collection, known as the Townley Discobolus. When the Townley Discobolus was discovered without a head in Tivoli near Rome in 1791, a nearby head was thought to belong to it. The restorer attached the head, now known to be incorrect, and also turned it so it faced the ground. Nevertheless, the restoration was well-received and also replicated.
Museum: British Museum, London
Time Period: Ancient Greek/Ancient Roman
"Gli imperdibili." Museo Nazionale Romano, slide 12, http://www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it/it/176/gli-imperdibili.
Harris, Beth, and Steven Zucker. "Myron, Discobolus (Discus Thrower), Roman copy of an ancient Greek bronze (video)." Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ancient-art-civilizations/greek-art/classical/v/myron-discobolus-discus-thrower-roman-copy-of-an-ancient-greek-bronze-from-c-450-b-c-e.
Sooke, Alastair. "The Discobolus: Greeks, Nazis and the body beautiful." BBC, 24 March 2015, http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150324-hitlers-idea-of-the-perfect-body.
"The Townley Discobolus." Museum number 1805,0703.43. The British Museum, https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=8760&partId=1.