Wrestlers

Media - 1966.47.32 - SAAM-1966.47.32_1 - 2249
Copied Paul Manship, Wrestlers, 1908, bronze, 12 787 347 12 in. (32.819.719.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.32

Artwork Details

Title
Wrestlers
Artist
Date
1908
Dimensions
12 787 347 12 in. (32.819.719.0 cm)
Markings
base: PAUL MANSHIP
Credit Line
Bequest of Paul Manship
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure
  • Figure group — male — nude
  • Recreation — sport and play — wrestling
Object Number
1966.47.32

Artwork Description

Paul Manship modeled many sculptures of Hercules throughout his career, and this early model of Wrestlers is thought to show the Greek hero fighting the giant Antaeus. Antaeus drew power from his mother, the earth, so Hercules defeated him by lifting him off the ground and squeezing him to death.