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Torso (Belvedere)
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A. Introduction (CT)

Since the Renaissance the word 'torso' (Italian for 'trunk', also tronco; from Greek thýrsos) refers to an ancient statue in fragmentary condition due to damages it sustained, usually lacking its head and limbs. More recently the term has also been used for sculptures of bodies intentionally left incomplete by the artist.

The name comes from the fragment of a larger-than…

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Hinz, Berthold (Kassel RWG), “Torso (Belvedere)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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