WASHINGTON (AP) — An ancient Roman sculpture portraying a warrior just before his death is visiting Washington on its first trip outside of Italy in more than 200 years.
“The Dying Gaul” went on display Thursday at the National Gallery of Art and will be there through March 16. The sculpture dates to the first or second centuries A.D.READ MORE: Pending Regulatory Approval, Sportsbook At Horseshoe Casino Could Open Friday
Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III says it is a masterpiece in art history. He says it’s an image of a conquered enemy, representing courage in defeat.READ MORE: Maryland's Casinos Rake In Over $160 Million In November
“The Dying Gaul” was found in a Roman garden, unearthed between 1621 and 1623. It became famous, and monarchs in Spain and France commissioned copies.
The sculpture is on loan from Rome’s Capitoline Museum as part of the Italian Embassy’s “Year of Italian Culture” in the U.S.MORE NEWS: Retired Admiral To Speak At Inner Harbor Ceremony Commemorating 80th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor Attack
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