Lysippos Apoxyomenos : Black Basalt Statue : 'The Scraper' Torso

This remarkable piece is an imposing black basalt carving after the antique torso in the classical style. The sculpture is a life-sized representation of a standing figure with his weight on his left leg, in a pose known as contrapposto, and his right leg slightly advanced. The torso is depicted with softly-modeled musculature, and the left arm projects forward. The piece is a stunning rendition of the Pentelic marble copy found in the Museo Pio-Clementino in Rome, which was discovered during an excavation in Trastevere in 1849. This sculpture is larger than lifesize and is characterised by the new canon of proportion pioneered by Lysippos, with a slightly smaller head and longer and thinner limbs. (1:8 of the total height, rather than the 1:7 of Polykleitos)

The sculpture is a testament to the skill of the carver and is a well-studied example of the classical style. The use of black basalt, a rare and incredibly hard igneous rock, adds to the exceptional nature of this piece. The Pentelic marble copy of the sculpture has been widely reproduced in plaster casts, making it a standard version in textbooks and national academy collections. The sculpture’s dimensions of 1 meter in height and 45 cm in depth make it a truly impressive work of art. Overall, this black basalt carving is a rare and impressive representation of the classical style and a remarkable addition to any collection.

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Lysippos Apoxyomenos : Black Basalt Statue : ‘The Scraper’ Torso

Stock Number: 7929

An exceptional and well-studied large-scale carving of a torso in black basalt after the Roman antique. Depicted life-sized, standing in contrapposto with his weight on his left leg, the right slightly advanced, the left arm projecting forward, the figure with softly-modeled musculature.

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Width: 45 cm (17.72 inches)
  • Height: 100 cm (39.37 inches)


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