Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Botanic Gardens, The Boxers

This is one of a pair of marble statues known as "The Boxers", located in the Royal Botanic GardensThis two-metre high sculpture is a copy of "The Greek Boxer Damoxenos" by Antonio Canova which was completed in 1800 and is now in the collection at the Vatican MuseumThe copy of "The Greek Boxer Kreugas" by Antonio Canova can be seen here. The two engaged in a boxing match at the Nemea Games, where Damoxenos killed Kreugas. The referee disqualified Damoxenos and declared the dead Kreugas the winner. These statues were made in Italy and installed in the Botanic Gardens in the 1880s.

10 comments:

  1. The gardens is filled with sculpture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Always something interesting to see at the RBG!

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  3. Yes, I really like this excellent sculpture.

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  4. What an interesting botanic garden with so many big sculptures!

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  5. A multicultural sculpture to adorn these gardens. Greek boxers made in Italy and placed in Sydney in 1880. Multiculturalism is not such a new idea after all.

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  6. Nice sculpture in the Botanical Garden.

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  7. seems unfair to declare the 'dead' a winner?!! Love the statue and its history commentary you've shared.

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    1. Perhaps better than declaring a 'murderer' the winner though.

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