CROP OFF THE DARK STRIPES AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE.
holding the thunderbolt displays a rounded, bulging bicep and tension in the
triceps and hand, while the arm used for balance is straight without that
muscular bulk or definition. Clearly, the artist has analyzed the action and
tried to represent how individual muscles react/interact at that moment (disegno
esterno). However, there are problems in composition that weaken the
strength of the narrative. The face is too calm. (The Greek motto was “never
let them see you sweat.”) Additionally, the torso is not accurately turned.
The torso and hips are directly facing us, however the hips should pivot
toward the target. The result is that Zeus looks like a man posed in a studio
rather than truly sweating, biting his lip, and intently gazing at the
target, with a body accurately twisted and engaged in the act.