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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.


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Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (reduced size)
Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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