THE RIACE BRONZES
The two sculptures, famous worldwide, were found in 1972 in the Ionian sea, 300 metres from the coast of Riace in the area of Reggio Calabria. An important finding, given that few sculptures have reached us intact. The bronzes have been exposed at the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, the most visited of the South after the one of Capodimonte. The two sculptures can be associated to two different artists and date back to different periods. Probably they represent two athletes or warriors, representing the victory, with a notable muscular elasticity that transmits a great sense of power. They could have been realised in Athens and then moved from there so they can be brought to Rome, maybe for a rich patrician. The boat that was transporting them, apparently sank and the precious sculptures were stuck in the sand, at 8 metres of depth, where they remained for about two thousand years prior to the recovery.
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