The Discobolus Lancellotti is one of the most famous – and most precise – marble copies of a 5th-century bronze masterpiece by Green sculptor Myron.
Currently kept at the National Rome Museum’s Palazzo Massimo, it dates back to the 2nd century and replicates the lost original’s “pondering”, as great art historian Giulio Carlo Argan has commented: “the strength of the gesture remains unchanged from anywhere you look at the statue. Not only that, but each view contains in itself, potentially, all the others, as if the statue could be seen simultaneously from all possible points of view.”
“The sense of Muron’s new plasticity is all in this ability to include every particular view in the total consistence of form in space.”
Next to the Discobolus Lancellotti – found on the Esquiline Hill in 1781, transferred to Germany in the second half of the 1930s and brought back to Rome in 1948 – is another copy, the Discobolus of Castelporziano, which is missing the head.