"Discus thrower" is one of the most famous sculptures of antiquity. In addition, this is the first sculpture that depicts a person in motion. At that time it was very difficult to convey such complex movements in sculpture. The age of this sculpture is about two and a half thousand years.
The original of this statue has not been preserved to date, so we can only see copies. They are made during the existence of the Roman Empire. It is known that the original sculpture "Diskobol" was lost during the Middle Ages.
The statue depicts a discus thrower at the moment of a swing before a throw. The figure glorifies the ancient Greek discus throwers. We see a naked young man who leaned forward, throwing a disc. His discus-throwing arm is tense and drawn to the limit. The sculptor depicted his readiness for movement in this figure: it seems that the young man is about to throw a disk with great force, and he will fly a long distance.
The young man has very tense muscles. The sculptor managed to show the beauty of the human body, as well as, by the way, convey the splendor of movements in this beauty. Miron conveyed all the variety of movements that a person makes. However, all these movements are merged into a sculpture together. The simplicity of the gestures of the person depicted in the figure enhances the feeling of lightness and realistic movement.
Miron very simply depicted and combined tension and beauty in one whole, and he decorated the human silhouette with closed lines. So he showed that any person is capable of active actions and that a person is, above all, wonderful.
Copies of Diskobol are kept in many museums around the world and are well preserved. Interestingly, this sculpture is accepted as a symbol of the Olympic movement of our time. This emphasizes its connection with ancient times and traditions.
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