At A Glance
Based on the 3rd century BCE 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
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These men are engaged in the Greek sport pankration, a blend of wrestling and boxing. This sculpture is based on the 3rd century BCE Greek original, which was lost in antiquity. First century BCE 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.
Voices heard in the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO 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
Museum Without Walls: AUDIO is the Association for Public Art’s award-winning audio program for Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture. Available for free by phone, mobile app, or online, the program features more than 150 voices from all walks of life – artists, educators, civic leaders, historians, and those with personal connections to the artworks.
This artwork is part of the Around the Horticulture Center tour