958. Borghese Gladiator Bronze Nude Male 19th Century


Superb Example of The Borghese Gladiator with well defined muscles and tendons, first half of the Nineteenth Century, on original integral rectangular base, raised on a well grained Verde Antico plinth. 

 

Condition: Superb condition with wonderful patination.

 

Height: (entire as shown) 14.75" (37.5cm). Width: (base) 11.25" (28.5cm). Depth: (base) 5.5" (14cm).

 

Shipped to Notting Hill, London.  

 

NOTE: The Borghese Gladiator is a Hellenistic lifesize marble sculpture actually portraying a Swordsman, created by Ephesus about 100 BCE (see final image) which was found in Italy at Nettuno near the coastal city of Anzio in 1611. By 1613 it was in the Borghese Collection. It was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) General and Emperor of France.

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