Comparison of the three Davids

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Now a comparison of two ideal men in this day and age is natural we have idealized celebrities and compared them to each other numerous times so why not in art. Do you know who I am speaking of when I mention these two idealized men of the art world? Well of course you do I am only speaking of the Ancient Greek’s Doryphoros by Polykleitos and the Roman’s David by Michelangelo. The Ancient Greek’s Doryphoros by Polykleitos is the first original ideal man. His name the Doryphoros means spear-bearer and refers to a statue of a spear-bearer of the Ancient Greek army. I guess you can use the word prototype when it comes to this piece, everything after this piece is just derivative of it. Polykleitos is the first among artists to sculpt or depict an ideal man, a man so real looking you would categorize and truly mimetic. Polykleitos is among the most famous of artists in the Ancient Greece Era most of the Ancient Greek work has been lost expect those that survived through Rome’s later copies. The Doryphoros broke the mold for the art world allowing all artists to experiment on their own to try to create their own form of one of the best known sculptures of the ancient classical era in Western Art and an early example of Greek classical contrapposto. Contrapposto is a term most commonly used in art to describe a human figure standing so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs. This gives the figure a more relaxed and less stiff appearance. The Doryphoros is an example of human iconography, Polykleitos was granted fame for this piece because of his attempts to formulate a canon or rule, to make sure that everything was in proportions of the human figure. Making a canon for this work, would be generalizing a formula so the work may be repeated. The Doryphoros is comprised of the best of the Greek army, the best arms, legs, nose, mouth, and

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