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Myron (active 480-440 BCE)
Myron was one of the greatest sculptors of Early Classical Greek sculpture. He was famed for his sculptures of powerful athletes and life-like animals. He produced mainly bronze sculpture and was considered a versatile and innovative artist in his time. His most famous statue, which exists only in the form of copies by Roman artists, is the famous bronze figure of a disc thrower known as Discobolus (c.425 BCE).
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Myron's major period of activity was during the period of time following the Greek victories over the Persians in 480-79 BCE, when commissions were rife. His statues are said to have been scattered throughout the Greek world with some concentrated in the Acropolis in Athens. As far as is known, Myron worked exclusively in Bronze, except for one statue of Hekate, which was forged in wood.
Discobolus: The Discus-Thrower
The work was widely admired for capturing
the instability of an instant motion and combining it with a composition
of balance and harmony. The statue was designed within a single plane,
which means it was only meant to be seen from the sides. The original
no longer exists but there is an excellent marble copy, made in Roman
times, now housed at the Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome. Pliny also mentions
a bronze casting of Ladas the Runner (c.476 BCE), an athlete who
fell dead at the moment of victory. He was an Olympic winner of the footrace
and was depicted poised on tiptoe at the start of the race. No copies
have been identified. Another popular work was that of Lycinus
(c.448 BCE) an Olympiad winner.
Myron's Bronze Cow
Myron achieved fame in his time, comparable only to that of Polykleitos. Ancient critics held the opinion that Myrons skill just fell short of full classical perfection, while, early Imperial Roman writers consistently refer to Myron as one of the greatest Greek sculptors, a sign that his contemporary reputation remained high. See also: Greek Architecture.