IISOH Sculpture Gardens Endowment

(The Wrestlers)

Uffizi Gallery copy

The Wrestlers
Artist unknown, late 3rd century B.C.E.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

The original statue was made in bronze and was lost in antiquity. The only known copy is this Roman marble statue in the Uffizi Gallery.
Found in Rome near the gate of St. John Lateran in April, 1583, the statue was restored with the wrong heads. The statue was acquired by Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici in 1677 and placed in the Tribune room in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The Uffizi Gallery was the world's first art museum founded in 1581 by the wealthy De Medici family of Florence. Although I have not found documentation yet, the US Wrestling Hall of Fame claims the artist was Cephisodotus. They have a green marble copy in their collection, see their images here.

The IISOH will purchase a bronze copy made from a mold of this statue.
The benefactor can name this Sculture Garden section which will be dedicated with
a marker engraved in stone (marble or granite) or cast in relief in bronze.

The PANKRATION (Greek) was a sport in the ancient Olympic Games that combined wrestling with boxing. Many writers have incorrectly interpreted this sport as a brutal fight to the death. This is not true. Death from this sport was so rare that it is well documented in the ancient Greek literature. The most famous story described an athlete who died and yet he was declared the winner because his opponent signaled defeat just moments before death. Victory in the pankration was attained when the opponent signaled defeat. Because of this need to admit defeat the Spartans refused to participate in this Olympic event. The Latin word for the PANKRATION is Pancratium and you will frequently find this mis-spelled as Pancration. PANKRATION is pronounced as PAN - KRAT - EON.

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This page was created on December 5, 2001
This page was updated on February 18, 2008
This page was updated February 10, 2013