Notable formal issues
The Diadumenos is an emblematic work of Greek classicism, combining equilibrium and dynamism through the opposing torsion of the back and hips.
The figure is conceived in the manner of a set of scales: the open arms create a triangle in combination with the band tied around the head. The base of the triangle rests (like the arm of a set of scales) on the supporting axis of the weight-bearing leg. Given that the supporting leg is comfortably suspended, the trunk of the body inclines towards the left. As a counterweight, the right shoulder and arm are lower than the arm and shoulder on the opposite side. The forms are clearly defined and interrelated with the result that the visual mass of the body acquires proportion and rhythm. The linea alba, whose sinuous course continues in the bending head, divides the body into two halves and at the same time functions as the starting point for the horizontal lines that intersect with the breast, the rib cage and the muscles of the abdomen. The diagonals of the shoulders and pelvis match each other as if reflected in a mirror.