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Torso of the Diadoumenos
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Torso of the Diadoumenos

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Description This powerful torso was part of a copy of the "Diadoumenos," a Greek statue by the famous master sculptor Polykleitos that has not survived. The original depicted a youthful nude athlete with both arms raised to tie a ribbon, the prize of athletic victory, around his head. The statue was much admired for the skillful representation of the musculature of the chest and the naturalistic and supple pose.
Date Description Narrative
4/03/1968Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
4/15/1968Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
1/01/1992Examinationx-ray diffraction
6/05/2001Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • A Renaissance Puzzle: Heemskerck's Abduction of Helen. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Villa Borghese (?); Stefano Bardini, Florence, before 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Bardini Sale, American Art Association, New York, April 1918, no. 427; William Boyce Thompson, Yonkers, 1918, by purchase; Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, 1945, by bequest; Mr. and Mrs. James E. LePere, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1968, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1968

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Original: ca. 430 BCE; Roman copy: 1st century BCE-4th century CE (Classical-Roman)
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H: 36 3/8 x W: 19 5/8 x D: 13 5/8 in. (92.4 x 49.8 x 34.6 cm)


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