Apoxyomenos (Scraper)

Apoxyomenos (Scraper)

Artist Lysippos

Date ca. 330 BCE

Movement Greek | Late Classical

Medium Marble

Height 6’9

Housed at Musei Vaticani, Rome

 

This work is a Roman copy of the original by Lysippos. Known for pioneering the space between a work and its environment, he creates here a sculpture that reaches into the viewer’s space with an outstretched arm. This also forces the viewer to, like the works of Praxiteles, view the sculpture in the round. Also inherited from Praxiteles is the exaggerated contrapposto that suggests free movement.