by A. Santini from ISAC Statue, Italy
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This statue was referred to by the late Colonel Rex Applegate as "Original Combat"
One of six in a group of statues by Baroque sculptor Vincenzo de Rossi, in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
|This sculpture proves beyond question
that the sixteenth century Italians had a robust sense of humor.
Clearly, the wrestler depicted here is in trouble. Just when
you think your are winning the battle is when you may find that
you are the most vulnerable, if your opponent chooses to not
play by the rules. This twenty inch sculpture will send a message
to your competitors if it is placed in the proper setting. For
many years the Athletic Round Table in Spokane had a large photo
of this statue in Florence in the men's restroom.
This statue is one of the twelve depicting The Labors of Hercules that Vincenzo dei Rossi, a follower of Michelangelo, was commissioned to make for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The statue conveys tremendous force which is contained in a very compact design.
The eighth task assigned to Hercules was to bring back to Eurystheus the man eating mares of Diomedes. Diomedes, the son of Ares the war god, was king of the Bistones in Thrace. The four mares which he owned were chained to their troughs where they fed upon human flesh. The powerful Hercules took them and drove them to the sea for embarkation. However, he was delayed in his plans when the king aroused his people to attack and return the mares. Hercules routed the attackers, vanquished the evil king and fed him to the mares who then became quite tame.