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Fighting Gladiator, (sculpture)

Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
Exhibition Catalogs
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 18
This remarkable statue was found on the sea-shore at Antlum (Capo d'Anzo) not far from the place where a century before the Apollo Belvedere was discovered. The supporting statue bears the inscription in Greek letters, Agasias, son of Dosithias the Ephesian, made it. There is no probability that this is a gladiator, for those wretched slaves fought with more or less armor and usually wore at least a waist cloth, and, besides, the form is of a higher breed, doubtless a hero. Gladiators usually had their arm protected; this one has only a guard on his left forearm, perhaps the remains of a shield, which may have been of bronze. Visconti suggests that the hero may be Telamon, father of Ajax, in combat with Menalippo, the Queen of the Amazons. It is probably the portrait statue of some victor. The right arm and right ear are modern.--Brigham, Cast Catalogue of Antique Sculpture, p. 86. [P. 14.]
1875. Descriptive Catalogue of Statuary, on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society Rooms, Athenaeum Buildings, St. Paul and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co. Publishers, Booksellers, Printers and Stationers. 182 Baltimore Street, 1875.
Figure male
Control number:
AECI 02040017
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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