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The Wrestlers

Artist
workshop of Massimiliano Soldani, Italian, 1656–1740
Previous attribution
Giambologna (Jean Boulogne) , Flemish (active Italy), 1529-1608, Flemish (active Italy), 1529–1608
Antonio Susini , Italian, active 1580-1624, Italian, active 1580–1624
Date
late 17th–early 18th century
Material
Bronze
Place made
Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
with base: 16 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (41.9 x 33.7 x 25.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
273:1955
NOTES
This bronze depicts the ancient Olympic sport of wrestling which was a combination of boxing and wrestling. "The Wrestlers" is one of many copies of a famous marble sculpture, created by a Roman artist who copied an earlier Greek original. It was admired by 18th-century collectors and connoisseurs, who considered it a fine example of the ancient mastery of the muscular male nude, and commissioned Italian sculptors to produce copies for them.
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