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Statuette - Gladiator


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Prieur, Barthélémy (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze statuette was made in France in about 1600, probably by Barthélémy Prieur. The pose of a gladiator represented is derived from a bronze statuette of Pluto by Domenico Poggini (1520-1590) in the Studiolo (or Study) of Francesco de 'Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Physical description

Bronze statuette of a gladiator. The gladiator, naked, strides to the left with the right foot, his body is turned to the front. In his right hand he grasps the hilt of a sword which he is drawing from a sheath held in his left hand. The right arm is straight and the sword is held horizontally. The sheath is missing.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1600 (made)


Prieur, Barthélémy (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 21.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bronze statuette of a gladiator, attributed to Barthélemy Prieur, France, ca. 1600

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

[Unpublished dissertation] Bewer, F. G. The technological investigation of Renaissance bronze sculpture. University College, University London. 1993. pp. 135-143. figs. 59-63.
Cf. Bode, Wilhelm von. intro. Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris, 1910. vol. II. no. 128.
Cf. Art in America. I, 1913. p. 72.
Cf. Illustrated Catalogue of the Rita Lydig Collection. 1913. no. 51.
Cf. Middeldorf, Ulrich, Kriegbaum, Friedrich. Forgotten sculpture by Domenico Poggini. The Burlington Magazine. LIII, 1928. pp. 9 ff.

Production Note

Attributed to Barthélémy Prieur

Subjects depicted





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