"Soldier of Marathon" by Jean-Pierre Cortot


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Item No.: ANT-134
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This is a fine antique bronze sculpture of the Greek soldier Phidippides who ran the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the news of a great Greek battle victory.  This heroic event has since given birth to the famous marathon race, the length of which is equal to the distance from Marathon to Athens. 

Jean-Pierre Cortot (French, 1787-1843) chose to depict the moment when the weary soldier collapses onto the ground atop his shield and sword.  In a final burst of pride, he raises his chest and brandishes the palm of victory aloft.  The sculpture is widely regarded as one of the highest accomplishments of depicting the classic athletic male figure. 
 
Soldier of Marathon (also known in French as Le Soldat de Marathon Annoncant la Victoire and by the Latin inscription Soldate Spartiate) was first sculpted in marble by Cortot expressly for the palace of King Louis-Philippe.  The original is now one of the treasures of the Louvre Museum in Paris.  Please click on the thumbnail images above to see additional views of this bronze artwork and the original marble installed in the Louvre, and then click on any image to enlarge it.
 
This casting was made in the 19th century by the famed Barbedienne foundry.  The patina finish is a classic traditional brown.   Soldier of Marathon measures 14¾" high by 17" wide (37 cm high x 43 cm wide).  Condition is very good, with the minor abrasions and loss of patina that one would expect of a bronze that is well over 100 years old.  
 
This is a fine bronze sculpture cast to the highest standards by a famed French foundry.  We guarantee your satisfaction. 
 
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