The Doryphoros (The Spear Bearer) represents the strict, classical ideal of maleness. Here we find a serene, harmonious, muscular soldier ready for battle. The line above the shoulder and the line above the hip point in different directions: this is a “contrapposto” position; the sculpture is in movement. The original was created by Polyclitus, who wrote a treatise on the correct proportions of a canonical work, and his sculptures were copied in great numbers. The Greek satirist Lucian (120-180 CE) did not approve of the uniformity that such dictates of taste entailed. He stated that the Doryphoros looks like a man fleeing after having been unfaithful, and that he walks as if he had a radish up his bum.
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