Apoxyomenos

Apoxyomenos

The characteristic ancient Greek statue was found on the bottom of the Adriatic Sea.

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Apoxyomenos, Lysippos, statue, sculpture, athlete, portrait sculpture, archeology, artifact, Croatia, Mimara Museum, Adriatic Sea, Ancient Greek, history of art, visual arts, antiquity, underwater, art, history

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An Apoxyomenos is a statue characteristic of ancient Greek sculpture, which depicts a young athlete caught in the act of scraping sweat and dust from his body with a special instrument after exercising. The Greek word Apoxyomenos means 'scraper'.

Standing 192 cm (6.3 ft) high, the Croatian Apoxyomenos is a bronze statue, which is believed to be a copy of the original made by Lysippos in the 4th century B.C. The work bears the stylistic marks of the Greek sculptor. According to sources, Lysippos was the first to create portrait sculptures. Emotions are also well reflected in the athlete's facial expression. The three-dimensional representation of the muscles and of movement is also commonly associated with the master.

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