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MYRON
One of the most celebrated Greek artists, of Eleutherae in Attica, an older contemporary of Phidias and Polyclitus, and like them a pupil of Ageladas. His works, chiefly in bronze, were numerous and very varied in subject, gods, heroes, and especially athletes and representations of animals, which were admired by the ancients for their lifelike truth to natnre. Most famous among these were his statue of the Argive runner Ladas; his Discobotus (or Quoit - thrower, see cut), which we are enabled to appreciate in several copies in marble, the best being that in the Palazzo Messimi in Rome; and his Cow on the Market-place at Athens, which received the very highest praise among the ancients, was celebrated [in 36 extant epigrams, in the Greek Anthology, all quoted in Overbeck's Schriftquellen, §§ 560-588],and may be regarded as his masterpiece. He was also the first to represent what is really a genre portrait, in his Drunken Old Woman [Pliny, N. H. xxxvi 32; but this is now attributed to another artist, one Socrates. Overbeck, § 2092].

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MARBLE COPY OF MYRON'S DISCOBOLUS. (Rome, Palazzo Messimi.)
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