January 31st, 2021


Milo of Croton Department of Sculptures: France, 17th and 18th centuries

When the Greek athlete Milo grew old, he decided to test his legendary strength by trying to split open a cleft tree trunk; his hand remained trapped in the trunk, and he was devoured by wild animals. In this sculpture, he screams his helplessness, his eyes fixed on the lion, his muscles taut with strain. Falconet chose to treat this subject in order to pit himself against the sculptor Pierre Puget, an inescapable reference.