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Fighting Warrior

This is an ancient Greek piece showing a warrior in the process of fighting. Or perhaps a Greek Hero, because he is naked. The artwork was copied many times, it was found near Rome and went into the Borghese collection (because it was found in the ground that belonged to them), so another name of the piece is the "Borghese Gladiator". However, the Greeks did not hold gladiator fights so the name was a mistake and the guy is just a warrior. Why? Because was it discovered in Rome before 1611. It is thought that the sculpture is a copy from a Greek original made by the 4th century BC sculptor Lysippos. The sculptor here is thought to be "Agasias of Ephesos, son of Dosiltheos". 

The man is thrusting himself forward and his move is both - defensive and self-protective. The composition is designed to be viewed from all angles. This is one of the most copied and admired antiquity works in the 18th century and it was held as a canon for proportions. Bronze casts were made even for the various royal families of Europe. When it was found, some parts were missing so they were added later, because it was considered to be improper to have an incomplete artwork at the prince's collection.