The Sprinter

Charles Albert Lopez American, born Mexico
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Lopez is best known for his monumental work, and “The Sprinter,” an academic study of a track runner, is the only athletic figure he executed. Lopez’s figure is posed in a starting position, suggesting that the recently developed crouching start for a running race presented sculptors with a novel pose for the male figure. The United States Navy chose a cast of “The Sprinter" to serve as a championship trophy in track and field events for the Atlantic, Pacific, and Asiatic fleets. This statuette was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum in 1907, the year after the sculptor’s death.

The Sprinter, Charles Albert Lopez (American (born Mexico), Matamoras 1869–1906 New York), Bronze, American

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