In Room VII of the Museo Nazionale Romano/Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme there are two bronze statues, The Prince and The Boxer. I confess that I am not expert enough to know that the small head of The Prince, in proportion to the rest of the body means that it comes from the Pergamene tradition and that it shows Lysippus’ influence. I am amazed that there are experts that can tell the meaning of every detail. They have spent lifetimes studying written records, comparing known sculptures with pieces of recovered sculptures and proposing answers to the questions of who did it and when?
The gloves The Boxer wears help date it because they are of a type worn during the Imperial era. According to the guidebook, “The figure is based on the contrast between the relaxation expressed by the folded arms, the slight spreading of the legs and the hunching of the back and the sudden turn of the head to the right to look at something that eludes us.” Fortunately I was there at the right moment so that what he was looking at did not elude me.
Clearly The Boxer is annoyed by constantly being photographed by the paparazzi! Do you have any idea how bothersome it can be having to sit still for thousands of years?
Pigeon toed is a medical term that is defined as a condition which causes the toes to point inward when walking. When visiting Bologna, Italy and the statue of Neptune in their town square I noticed that Neptune had what I would call a pigeon finger. If you look closely at the picture you will notice a bump on his hand left hand that looks like it might be the stub of an amputated fifth finger.
However from a slightly different angle and a closer look you can see that it is in fact a pigeon who has found a lofty perch.