Torso of a youth
The torso evokes a period in Classical Greek art, the most famous master of which was the young Pheidias (around 460–440 BC). The weight of the body rests on the left leg, making the right hip tilt downwards (contrapposto) while the upper body seems to stand still. The slender body emphasizes the youth of the god or hero depicted.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the torso was made of Pentelic marble. Click here for the detailed results.