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“This torso is one of a prolific series of ancient replicas which are generally agreed to echo the Diadumenus (“he who attaches” a band around his forehead), a bronze produced c.440-430 BCE by Polyclitus. Polyclitus was fascinated by the male form and its reproduction according a system of skillful calculations that he set out in his treatise, the Canon. The Diadumenus was the fruit of this intellectual approach, which was of seminal importance in the history of Greek sculpture.” —Louvre catalog

I captured this piece in the Louvre in November 2012, but I processed, printed, and am publishing it in connection with this NPR story:

I’ve included a version of this torso scaled to roughly match the human scale of the Female Torso, Esquiline Type which I’ve also published. They make a nice pair standing side-by-side.