A Study of The Discus Thrower

Wib Dawson

London, Canada

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The subject of this digital oil study was made from a Roman copy of a marble statue from a lost original thought to be attributed to a sculptor named Myron (470-440 BC). The figure of the thrower highlights the athletic ideal. Discus throwing was the first in a series of events called the pentathlon. Athletes participating in the pentathlon were not as popular as those who rose to star status in a single sport. However, because pentathlons required the use of many muscles the body of pentathlon athletes were considered more harmoniously proportioned.

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