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Palazzo Massimo Part II: The Boxer

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 | 3 comments

Ah, The Boxer….how I love it so! In fact, it’s the main reason I came back to the museum. Do you have any idea how rare it is to find something of this size from the ancient world in bronze? 9 times out of 10 the bronze was melted down as some point for use in weapons or newer sculptures, so it’s a real treasure to have in the collection. But more than that, I just love his weary expression, bruised and battered, ears cut up, just after a fight with his tape on his hands. Really, it’s something that could be seen today, which gives some perspective on how close we really are to our ancient ancestors.

And, I’ve got to confess that the whole time I was editing these photos and writing the blog, I had “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel in my head. Love that song.


  1. Excellent photos, and a good story to go with them – thanks for sharing!

  2. breathtakingly stunning-you did a great job capturing the subject-can't wait to see it in person-its now on my long to do list when I get back to Rome

  3. I can't think of a better combination than fine sculpture and Simon and Garfunkel.

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