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Myron

(fl. c. 470—440 bc) Greek sculptor


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Greek sculptor active in Athens in the mid-5th century bc. He was one of the leading Greek sculptors of the period and is celebrated for his bronze Discobolus (Discus Thrower), which survives in Roman marble copies; the best of them is in the Terme Museum in Rome. As an example of compositional equilibrium it achieved a fame comparable to the Doryphorus of Polyclitus. Copies also exist of Myron's group of Athena and Marsyas, but no visual record survives of the work for which he was most renowned in his own time—the bronze Cow in the market place at Athens, which was said to display remarkable naturalism. See also Severe style.

Subjects: Art.


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