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Throughout history, one of the most common themes of artwork across varying cultures and regions has been the depiction of the human body. The portrayal of this subject has been very controversial as it has evolved through differing time periods. Each era and each society has brought it’s own individual features into this art and they have predominantly influenced one another. These influences are commonly seen when comparing artwork from differing areas and time periods. Two examples of this are the Column Statue of an Old Testament King, a limestone Romanesque sculpture depicting a noble figure, and Fragments of a Marble Statue of the Diadoumenos, a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture of an athlete. The Statue of Diadoumenos depicts a young man tying a fillet around his head after a triumphant win in an athletic contest. The work displayed is a Roman marble copy of a Greek bronze, originally created by renowned sculptor, Polykleitos, during the Classical Period. The sculpture is free standing, so the figure does not need to lean against anything to hold itself up. This also allows the viewer to see the figure from multiple perspectives. The man depicted in this work of art is noticeably youthful. His face is the idealized vision of perfection. It has sharply carved eyelids, a broad nose, and straight mouth. Like most sculptures of the Classical Period, the face is rendered expressionless. It does not reflect what the body is doing, whether the man is in pain or tension does not show up on his face. This was done specifically to highlight the
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