Replica of the Diadumenos of Polycleitus

Inv. Scu 1878

The sculpture depicts an athlete who is tying a ribbon around his head after a victory in an athletic contest.

The head and arms of the statue are missing; the left leg is entirely restored, as well as part of the thigh and of the right leg, under the knee. The oval plinth shrinks at the bottom as it had to be inserted in a wider base.

This work – a replica of the Diadumenos by Polycleitus and probably found in Rome – demonstrates how this famous sculptor of the classical period had conceived a much more daring and innovative approach to the realization of a statue: this is no longer designed to be seen from a frontal view-point but as a well articulated volume, dominating a fully three-dimensional space.