A History of Ancient Sculpture Volume 2

A History of Ancient Sculpture Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...been found.?21 On it the footprints of bronze feet prove the interesting fact, that the statue of the boy Kyniscos was about lifesize: and, judging from the space between these footprints, we may infer that the victor stood, like both the Doryphoros and Diadumenos, with one foot planted firmly on the ground, bearing the weight of the body; while the other, somewhat farther back, lightly touched the ground with the toes. Of other athletes by Polycleitos, we have only the short notice by Pliny, that one was cleaning himself of the oil used in the wrestling-games destringens sc), and that another was nude, and striking with his heel (tiudus talo iticessens).722 Besides these robust forms of nude youth, the master is said to have executed two canephoree in bronze, described by Cicero in a speech against Verres, who had extorted them from the Mamertine Heius723 They were not large, but of great beauty, and in the garb and pose of Athenian maidens, carrying sacred utensils on their heads with raised hands. Since similar maiden priestesses officiated in the ceremonies held in honor of Hera in Doric Argos, it is probable that Polycleitos' bronze canephorm were originally votive offerings from some pious worshipper to her temple. One portrait alone by him is mentioned, that of Artemon, who, on account of lameness, had to be borne about while superintending his work, as constructor of machines for Pericles in the war against Samos724 Two nude boys playing at knuckle-bones (astragalizontes) were seen in Pliny's time in the atrium of Titus' palace, and were considered by some the most perfect works of antiquity. 725 But the spirit of this group seems more like that of the age of Polycleitos' younger countryman of the same name. Its composition must have been...show more

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 635g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663148X
  • 9781236631480