The Boxer (4)

The boxer at rest



The bronze Boxer at Rest, also known as the Terme Boxer or Boxer of the Quirinal, is a Hellenistic Greek sculpture of a sitting nude boxer at rest, still wearing his leather hand-wrap. It is 128 cm high and dates back to a period between 330 to 50 BCE. It was excavated in Rome in 1885, and is now in the collection of the National Museum of Rome.

The statue comes from a period in Greek art which is away from idealised heroic depictions of the body and youth, but employs realism to create great pathos and humanity and explore dark inner depths
When the statue was shown for the first time ouside Europe, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) in 2013, Jerry Saltz enumerated the six distinctive features of the statue on New York magazine (15 July 2013) :
(i) The Pose, distinct for its massiveness and “elemental” form,
(ii) The Face, noted for the large brow and columnar neck,
(iii) The Blood, noted by its inlaid copper upon the bronze statue itself,
(iv) The Scared Genitals, distinct for being infibulated for aesthetic purposes of ancient times,
(v) The Hands, noted for being astounding yet gentle at the same time,
(vi) The Foresight, referring to the sculptor’s strength of vision which resembles and conjures Goya’s Giant




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