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Roman Sculptor

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130 - 140. White marble. Room 073

This work is a Roman copy of the Discophoros ("the discus-bearer)", the first creation of the sculptor Polyclitus (active 460-420 B. C.). As is typical of Polyclitus’s art, the modelling of the body is clearly defined by the tense muscles and by the movement caused by his posture. The head, not preserved, was a little tilted and looked at an object he held in his right hand. In the best-known copy it is a discus, although in the Greek original it could have been a sword. If so it would have represented Theseus contemplating the weapon of his father, Aegeus.


Technical data

Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
130 - 140
White marble
Height: 88 cm.; Width: 56 cm.; Base/bottom: 33 cm.; Weight: 181 Kg.
Bequest of Claudio Bravo, 2000

Bibliography +

La donación de Claudio Bravo: veinte esculturas grecorromanas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2000, pp. 22.

Reflejos de Apolo: Deporte y Arqueología en el Mediterráneo, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 2005.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, El origen de las colecciones de escultura del Museo del Prado. El Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura, El taller europeo. Intercambios, influjos y préstamos en escultura moderna europea. I Encuentro europeo de museos con colecciones de escultura, Valladolid, 2012, pp. 73-108.

Schroeder, S.F, 'Taller Romano. Discóforo de Policleto', Dioses, héroes y atletas: la imagen del cuerpo en la Grecia Antigua, Museo Arqueológico Regional, Madrid, 2015, pp. 366 n.16.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2603.

Exhibitions +

Dioses, héroes y atletas. La imagen del cuerpo en la Grecia Antigua
Alcalá de Henares
12.03.2015 - 19.07.2015

Reflejos de Apolo. Deporte y Arqueología en el Mediterráneo antiguo
06.06.2005 - 31.08.2005

Location +

Room 073 (On Display)

Update date: 04-12-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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