Polykleitos Doryphoros: Ideal Human Body

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Polykleitos’ Doryphoros In ancient Greece during the 5th century BCE, Polykleitos, an ancient Greek sculptor, created Doryphoros to represent an ideal human body. Also referenced as the Spear Bearer, this naturalistic, bronze sculpture represented contrapposto, showing harmony of the opposites. Polykleitos derived ideas to sculpt the human form with visual features, along with his treatise, Canon, to inspire art in ancient Greece. When Polykleitos created Doryphoros, he used physical attributions to make the sculpture look like a strong, athletic, and young warrior representing civic ideals. Depicting Doryphoros as the perfect male form in High Classical Greece showed Polykleitos use of different techniques to sculpt the human form. Polykleitos

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