From our team here at NGV, we would like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. We are currently closed to the public and will reopen on Saturday, 27 June, 2020.

In line with Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance, the NGV will implement a variety of public health and physical distancing measures including free timed ticketing, appropriate queue management and increased deep cleaning of facilities, as well as increased hand sanitiser stations.

We encourage you to continue to visit our website and follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates on our reopening and daily inspiration.

We are very grateful for the loyalty of the NGV community and look forward to welcoming you back soon.


GREECE / ITALY Torso of an athlete 1st century BC-1st century AD

Torso of an athlete 1st century BCE-1st century CE

This marble torso is an outstandingly well-preserved representation of an athletic male body in its prime. It is thought to be a Roman copy of an original by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos. The general style is of the fifth century BC, a period much favoured by Roman copyists. The fluid modelling is in the spirit of Polykleitos, who sought to represent the ideal proportions of the naked male body. It is more difficult, however, to pinpoint when the copy or adaptation was made.