Riace Warriors. These bronzes are from the early Classical Period and are a fine example of contrapposto - the statues have more realistic stances than earlier Archaic pieces. The Bronze statues were rescued from the sea off the coast of Southern Italy in 1972. (left) Bronze B - 430-420 BC. Possibly a Corinthian. (right) Bronze A - 460-450 BC. Probably an Athenian.
"Discobolus" the ancient Greek sculptor Myron was the most famous masterpieces of the classical period. The Greeks defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, came the desired peace and artists, to maintain a spirit of optimism, began to create new masterpieces in a more realistic manner. The original statue is made of bronze and is stored in the National Roman Museum.