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Discobolos Sculpture
c. 450 BCE, by Myron, in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome
If one searched for classic and Greek, he'd be hard pressed to find a more perfect example than this foot-and-a-half tall discus thrower. Revered for its unflawed symmetry, this ancient replica, cast in designer resin and finished to resemble antique stone, boasts vigorous movement in a perfect male form. Flexed muscles and concentrated expression create the impression of a tightly stretched bow the moment before release.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Discobolus: A Witness of the Ancient Olympic Games The original Discobolus created by Myron ca. 450 BC is lost. This sculpture was so famous that several copies were made. In fact, so many copies were created, that a few are still around. That might be the reason why this replica is labeled as based on the Museo Nazionale Romano copy when it is based on a different sculpture. In the Museo Nazionale Romano copy- Lancelotti-, the head is turned sideways, while the Design Toscano replica head faces down. Check pictures and compare them. The Design Toscano replica is based on a copy at the Vatican Museums discovered in 1791 at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, near Rome (the copy at the British Museum- Townley Discobolus- was also found at the villa.) It’s a copy dated to the 2nd Century AD. It appears that Emperor Hadrian, a renowned patron of the arts, built a “Theme Park” at his villa, creating copies not only of Greek and Egyptian statues, but also buildings and gardens. UNESCO has designated Hadrian’s Villa as a World Heritage Site. The Design Toscano piece recreates this ancient sculpture with methodical work and minute details. Head, face, hair and muscles are well shaped following the Greek classic ideal of the body. Most of the “skin” surface of the statue is smooth, but on the back of the hand holding the discus, the material feels and looks rough, very different to the rest of the surface. That’s not desirable. However, my Discobolus is displayed on top of a bookcase against a wall; therefore, its minor flaws are hidden. Overall is a good replica, but don’t use it as a centerpiece. The rating is something close, but below 4 stars. August 30, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice, but has some flaws I love this statue, but after closer looking at it, I noticed some minor flaws. There are divits in the leg. They appear to be from the mold it was poured into and not damage in shipping. I didn't notice this in time to get a replacement. May 31, 2013
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