I’ve been tossing this piece around for a couple of weeks…since watching episode 1 of Berlin Station. Then I was distracted by a trip to New York to see some play…my account is coming soon.
I’ve been kind of hot and cold about Berlin Station – I’m no TV critic, but for it’s genre, I’ve found the overall pace of the show to be rather slow and it’s plot to be extra convoluted, even for a spy show. I think the last few episodes have picked it up a bit, so I’m hanging in there. Who am I kidding –
I’d be there to the bitter end as long as Richard Armitage is a part of the cast
One element that grabbed my attention in Episode 1 was a brief flash of mostly bare Richard Armitage. Apart from purely prurient interest, this is enticing to me from an artistic perspective since the artistic material I study generally features figures depicted in the buff, and similarly nude shots of Richard Armitage are fairly few and far between. In case you’ve forgotten it, the scene I’m referring occurs about midway through episode 1.
In this scene, Armitage’s character, Daniel Miller has just stepped out of the shower and is bending to pull on his briefs. The bent position, that long, LOOOONNNNNGGGG length of leg and subtly rippling back reminded me immediately of the motion that is frozen by Myron in his iconic Discobolos (Δισκοβόλος – Discus Thrower)
All of the examples pictured are Roman copies in marble of the Greek original. Like so many ancient Greek sculptures, the original piece by Myron was sculpted in bronze and has been lost to time. What we can piece together from the copies is that the original belonged stylistically to the very end of the Severe Style of the 5th century BC.
Myron was a contemporary of the sculptors Pheidias and Polykleitos and was well known for his frequent depictions of athletes. Here he has captured the discus thrower in mid-motion…the viewer can almost feel the arrested energy of the athlete. The Discobolos is a masterpiece of both frozen motion as well as the ideals of beauty, symmetry and proportion of 5th century Athens.
Laying the images side by side for comparison, a couple of things become evident:
- While not exactly the same pose, I’m again struck by the general similarity of the frozen motion.
- Richard Armitage is clearly not conformant with the proportional canon as idealized by the ancient Greeks…his legs are much longer and his torso somewhat shorter. 2.1: Who cares? 🙂
**Happily, I capped the scene right before I had to look away in horror as Daniel picked up the towel he is standing on in the cap above and used the surface recently in contact with the bathroom floor to dry his hair. ICK cubed.**