Roman Gladiator (sculpture)

Roman Gladiator is an outdoor 1881 bronze sculpture by Gustave Georges (Joris) Theodore Geefs (20 November 1850 – 4 December 1933), the son of Joseph Geefs who is a brother of Guillaume Geefs, installed in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, in the U.S. state of California.

Roman Gladiator
Roman Gladiator by Guillaume (Willem) Geefs, 1881 - De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park - DSC00268.JPG
The statue in 2013
ArtistGustave Georges (Joris) Theodore Geefs
Year1881 (1881)
MediumBronze sculpture
LocationSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Coordinates37°46′15″N 122°28′06″W / 37.770723°N 122.468457°W / 37.770723; -122.468457Coordinates: 37°46′15″N 122°28′06″W / 37.770723°N 122.468457°W / 37.770723; -122.468457

DescriptionEdit

The statue depicts a nude man holding a sword, and wearing a cloak and helmet. It measures approximately 100 x 36.25 x 33 inches, and rests on a base that measures approximately 40 x 44 x 44 inches.[1] The bronze plaque on the front of the base reads:

IN COMMEMORATION / OF THE INAUGURATION / OF THE / CALIFORNIA MIDWINTER INTERNATIONAL / EXPOSITION / ON THIS SPOT THE FIRST SHOVELFULL OF EARTH WAS TURNED / WITH CEREMONIES ON AUGUST 24th 1893.[1]

HistoryEdit

The sculpture was surveyed by the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in 1992, and is administered by the San Francisco Arts Commission.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Roman Gladiator, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved March 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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