What we take for granted in representative expressions of the human form today – torsion – (reference Newton’s ‘Synergy’ picture for Wolford) – is a distinguishing feature of the developmental step-change in ancient Greek sculpture.

The unknown Greek master who sculpted this form, sculpted it one thousand six hundred years before Michelangelo sculpted his Renaissance masterpiece ‘David’, c. 1501 – 1504.

This is, of course, not news.

However, as regards the study, composition and craftsmanship, there is arguably little of substance to separate them.


I can only reiterate that the ancient Greek master and Michelangelo are separated by one thousand six hundred years.


[1] King, Tom. (2013). Photograph of statue by unknown Greek master.

[2] Plaster cast of original statue of ‘David’, by Michelangelo, Florence, Italy, 1501-4. Cast by unknown maker, Florence, Italy, about 1857. Museum no. REPRO.1857-161, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London