Style and "Substance"

Dynamic Tension

Notice the tension at the center of the discus thrower's torso; while the other limbs rotate in restful motion around the center. The viewer waits in anticipation of the discus's projection into space. The tension we see in the body, reflects the immanent tension of being. 

Interestingly enough, this Roman copy has an anatomical mistake. As highlighted by British Museum curators, the head of the Discobolus should be facing the discus. Therefore the copy exists in opposition to its original (self).

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