The Wrestlers (3rd century B.C., cast c. 1885)

by Artist Unknown

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2011 for the Association for Public Art
Horticulture Center grounds (Belmont Avenue and North Horticultural Drive, West Fairmount Park)
3rd century B.C., cast c. 1885

  • Title

    The Wrestlers

  • Artist

    Artist Unknown

  • Year

    3rd century B.C.; cast c. 1885; relocated 1952, 1997

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 3’2″ (base 2’3″)

Acquired by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), gift of Anthony Drexel

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


Museum Without Walls Audio

0:00/ 0:00

Download Museum Without Walls audio file

At A Glance

  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • Based on the 3rd century B.C. Greek original, which was lost in antiquity

  • Anthony J. Drexel, the first president of the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), purchased this bronze cast in Paris for display in Fairmount Park

These men are engaged in the Greek sport pankration, a blend of wrestling and boxing. This sculpture is based on the 3rd century B.C. Greek original, which was lost in antiquity. First century B.C. Romans made a marble copy, which was restored in 1853 and later displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. This cast was made from the Italian marble copy.

In 1885, financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, the first president of the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), purchased this bronze cast from the Barbedienne foundry in Paris for display in Fairmount Park.

The Wrestlers near the Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

 

RESOURCES

Museum Without Walls logo: a program of the Association for Public Art

 

Voices heard in the program:

Coach Alray Johnson, Sr. was inducted into West Chester University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for wrestling in 1972, and qualified for the 1976 Olympic Trials. He serves on the executive committee of The National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Pennsylvania Chapter.

Al Gury is an artist and teacher of anatomy, drawing, and painting. He is Chair of the Painting Department of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Ann Kuttner is Associate Professor of Greek, Roman and Etruscan Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique socio-political history, visual language, and material culture.

Segment Producer: Marit Haahr

A program of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association), Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an innovative and accessible outdoor sculpture audio program for Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art.

User calls Museum Without Walls Audio for Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture
Photo Albert Yee © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

A “multi-platform” interactive audio experience – available for free by cell phone, mobile app, audio download, or on the web – Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO offers the unique histories that are not typically expressed on outdoor permanent signage.

Unlike audio tours that have a single authoritative guide or narrator, each speaker featured in Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an “authentic voice” – someone who is connected to the sculpture by knowledge, experience, or affiliation. Over 150 unique voices are featured, including artists, educators, scientists, writers, curators, civic leaders, and historians.

LEARN MORE >>

This artwork is part of the Around the Horticulture Center tour

Loading map...

More artworks

Need More Information?

General Inquiries

info@associationforpublicart.org or call 215.546.7550