Saturday, October 22, 2011

On Polykleitos

Ploykeitos created the Doryphoros as a way to exemplify his published theoretical work known as the "Canon" or "Rule, in which he was stating in mathematical terms the relationship of parts of the body with the whole, e.g. the proportion of finger with the palm, palm with wrist, wrist with elbow, elbow with arm. Considered the first great aesthetician, Polyleitos's aim, in his own words, was to produce the "eu" or perfection..In his sculptures there is a dynamic counterbalance between the tensed and relaxed parts of the body. In all of his known works, he shows the body stand firmly on one foot, the other bending slightly with kinetic potential, the so called "Chiastic" pose, more commonly known as "Contrapposto".

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