Between Life and Death

"It's almost hard to believe that this figure will die; his physique is so strong, so muscular."—Thayer Tolles, curator

William Rimmer (American [born England], 1816–1879). The Falling Gladiator, 1861; cast 1907. Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.224). Learn more about this object.

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Thayer Tolles: This is a gladiator reeling backwards, after receiving a fatal blow to the head. And it's almost hard to believe that this figure will die because his physique is so strong, so muscular, so beautifully articulated.

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