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Fight Between Creugas and Damoxenos

between 1797 and 1801
Antonio Canova

Creugas (left) and Damoxenos (right) were two Greek wrestlers who fought a bout described by Pausanias (2nd century CE). Creugas lost his life and Damoxenos was disqualified for breaking the rules of combat. Antonio Canova (1757–1822), the Neoclassical sculptor par excellence, addresses this theme as one that commends virtue and condemns underhandedness. These powerful statues embody all the spirit of the artistic ideal that dominated Europe between 1760 and 1830, proclaiming the power of classical inspiration in Western art while expressing confidence in a triumphant future.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artist: Antonio Canova
Title: Fight Between Creugas and Damoxenos
Geography: Possagno, Italy
Date: between 1797 and 1801
Medium: plaster on a wooden base
Classification: sculpture
Dimensions: 212 x 121.5 x 63.5 cm (Creugas)
202.5 x 131.5 x 74.4 cm (Damoxenos)
Inventory number: LAD 2012.010.001 and LAD 2012.010.002
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