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Head of the Doryphorus
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Head of the Doryphorus

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Description Polyclitus of Argos attempted to depict the High Classical ideal of human form in his famous "Doryphorus" (Spear-bearer) statue. In his treatise, entitled "Canon," he wrote of achieving this ideal through perfect balance and proportion among the parts of the body. The statue may have been intended to portray Achilles setting off for the Trojan War. This copy follows, but does not imitate exactly, the structure and symmetry of the head of the original "Doryphorus."
Date Description Narrative
4/04/1968Treatmenttechnical study; loss compensation; other
1/23/1978Treatmentcleaned; reconstructed; loss compensation
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
12/17/1998Treatmentcleaned; reconstructed
9/27/1999Treatmentstabilized; reconstructed
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Villa Borghese (?); Stefano Bardini, Florence, before 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Bardini Sale, American Art Association, New York, April 1918; William Boyce Thompson, Yonkers, 1918, by purchase; Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, [date of acquisition unknown] by bequest; Mr. and Mrs. James E. LePere, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1968, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James E. LePere, 1968

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Original: ca. 450 BCE; Roman copy: 1st century BCE-4th century CE (Classical-Roman)
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10 13/16 x 9 1/16 x 9 7/16 in. (27.5 x 23 x 24 cm)


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