Torso of Narcissus

Torso di Narciso
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Sculpture
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Roman copy of a Greek original from the school of Polyclitus (late 5th century B.C.)
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Parian marble
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Inv. MB 105
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This sculpture portrays a youth in a relaxed pose. His weight falls on his right leg, while his left leg is bent and a little farther back than the right. In a characteristic counterpoint that reflects Polyclitus’s research, he rests his left arm on a small pillar, to support his tilted torso, and his right hand on his back. The complex weighting of the body is accentuated by the leftward turn of the head. The original statue is attributed to a follower of Polyclitus, and can be dated to the end of the 5th century B.C.

The hall

Room 5, devoted to Greek art