The Hermes of Praxiteles.
Hermes looks sluggish but manly, resting in the trunk of a tree. In
his lips, which have a light shadow, you can see the beginning of a
smile. The delicate mouth comes in contrast with the strong nose.
Hermes hairs are mixed up and come in contrast with his skin, which
looks tender and smoother. The unrivaled art of Praxiteles, in taking
off the hardness of the marble, making it the same with the look of the
flesh, is owed in his great skill, in the use of the light and shadow.
Praxiteles in order to give life in the statue, purposefully does not
keep the symmetry. If one looks the face from the left, is sorrowful,
from the right is smiling and when you see it from the front is calm.
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