The Doryphoros Essay

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Jade Savage Mrs. Crabtree April 15, 2012 Art Appreciation Class Cameron University Formal Art Analysis The Greek Sculptor Polykleitos And His Creation “The Doryphoros” This formal art analysis is for the Art Department of Cameron University. I am a student of Mrs. Crabtree of the Duncan branch, Cameron University. Polykleitos was an ancient Greek sculptor practicing his art in the mid to late 5th century B.C. Polykleitos’ work has been admired throughout history for its beauty, proportion, form and he is considered to be one of the greatest sculptors in the classical art world. The two things Polykleitos paid attention the most in his work was composition (the “the Contrapposto”) and proportion (“the Canon”). Polykleitos” statues were usually nude, and he liked to explore the movement with his statues, as well as the masculinity in his work shown with his flesh and muscle instead of his statues being more realistic he chose to make his statues more “perfect” and muscular as most ancient Greek works explore as the Greeks fashioned themselves from the idea that perfection would surely mean “goodness” also. I will try to be as objective with my formal analysis as possible while pointing out my observations of “The Doryphoros” with as much detail as I point out the form, line, shape, texture and balance from this work of Polykleitos. Polykleitos was very well known of the art world in his time. One of his most famous being “The Doryphoros” was also at times called “the Spearbearer”. It was originally cast from fine bronze in the years of 440-450 B.C. It is believed that Polykleitos created this statue to support his “Canon” theory. “Canon” being a ratio he believed was the perfect ratio of 1 to 7 and he used it throughout his sculptures to show the absolute “perfection” in his men he sculpted. Many artists went on to copy Polykleitos” theory for

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