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The boxer is resting in the Getty Museum’s galleries through November 1.
He’s older, he’s muscular, he’s exhausted. This less than idealized figure is typical of the Hellenistic style of sculpture that celebrated the portrait as a way to portray emotion.
So what do you think, did he win or lose?
Seated Boxer, “The Terme Boxer,” 300–200 B.C., bronze and copper. Museo Nazionale Romano—Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo—Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’area archeologica di Roma. Photo © Vanni Archive / Art Resource, NY