This Marble Statue of Hermes is attributed to Polykleitos, who also created Doryphoros. This Hermes is very similar to Doryphoros stylistically and in the presentation of the body. Hermes is in the nude, but has a cloth hanging off his shoulder and across his arm, falling to the floor. This work is very mimetic or lifelike, compared to past Ancient Near East and Egyptian works. This is focusing on the body and presentation of a person not the idea of them. It might have the ideal presentation of the body, but it is not focusing on the idea of the person or portraying a certain story, but focuses on the lifelikeness of the sculpture.

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Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art
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