Lysippan proportions

Discipline: Art

(4th century BC)

Named after Alexander the Great's official portraitist, the Greek sculptor LYSIPPUS of SICYON (fl. c.325 BC).

According to ancient tradition, he introduced a new system of proportions for the body, superseding those of POLYCLITUS (fl c. 232 BC) in which the head of a statue was made smaller in order to give the impression of increased height.

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