The Uffizi Wrestlers

The Uffizi Wrestlers, Marble, Florence, Italy

The Uffizi Wrestlers is a famous Roman marble sculpture copied after a lost Greek original of the 3rd century BC. The sculpture was found in Rome near the gate of St. John Lateran in April, 1583. It is now housed in the Uffizi collection, Florence. The two young men are engaged in the sport called Pankration, similar to the present-day sport of ‘mixed martial arts’. The two figures are clutching one another, and one seems to have the upper hand, holding the other down and twisting his arm back. Their muscular structure is very defined and exaggerated due to their physical and sustained effort.

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