Nude youth in Polykleitan Style
Modern plaster replica of Roman marble copy of a bronze original of the 2nd half of the 5th century BCE. In the style of the sculptor Polykleitos, the piece shows the "contrapposto" or balanced pose for which he was famous and which he embodied most notably in his Doryphoros (Spearbearer), also known as the "Canon." In the Wilcox youth the weight-bearing right leg is opposed by the active left arm extended in offering, the free bent leg is opposite the right arm hanging freely at his side. Many versions of the work are known in full size and at reduced scale; one of the latter in bronze may be seen in the Louvre, Paris.