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Monday, March 31, 2014

Apoxyomenos

Although Lysippos admired Polykleitos’s work (link), he used a different ideal proportions for his nude, the Apoxyomenos, or the Man Scraping Himself, during the Late Greek Classical period, circa 350-325 BCE.  This work only remains in Roman copies, but Lysippos’s talent still shines through.  The soft S curve of this athlete’s stance, relatively small head, and wistful expression is a shift from the rigid intellect and hard figures from the Early and High Classical periods of Greek art.  The Scraper’s arm also extends into the viewer’s space instead of staying confined to one plane, as was common with older statues, which invites the viewer into almost become a part of the action, which is a clear step towards the Hellenistic period. 

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