This work is considered by the best authorities an ancient copy after Naucydes, a pupil of Polycletus, who was in turn a pupil of Phidias. It therefore belongs to the best school of Greek art. Naucydes followed his vocation at Argos, but some of his marbles, including probably the Discobolus, were placed in the Acropolis at Athens. The figure here represented is that of a vigorous youth trained in all the sports of the gymnasium. He holds the quoit, or disk, in one hand, while the other is ready to receive it for a throw, and may be engaged in counting the game, for in this very attitude the quoit players of Italy may be seen at the present day. The position is that of action arrested, of preparation and expectancy, and the face expresses an intent readiness. The pose of the figure is admirable, and equally so is the expression throughout of the character of youth. Comparing this statue with the "Gladiator" and the "Faun with a Child," we see how the Greek sculptors studied and expressed differences of age. The original of this beautiful figure is in the Vatican at Rome. [P. 4; exhibited under heading: "Catalogue of Casts." See entries 02860003 and 02860005 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Fifth Exhibition, 1873-1874. San Francisco Art Association Catalogue. Price, 25 cts.