A Large Bronze Of Milo Of Criton After Pierre Puget
Period: 19th Century
A large bronze head of Mio of Criton. Milo was a Greek athlete several times champion of the Olympic and Pythian games in ancient Greece. As an old man he wished to test his vigor by splitting a tree trunk that he found with a cleft in it. His hand was caught in the stump and he was trapped and subsequently devoured by wolves. The renowned 17th century sculpture Pierre Puget featured this tale with his sculpture of Milo that is now displayed in the Louvre in Paris. Subsequent versions of this bust are seen including a marble head bust similar to this bronze that is now in Blenheim Palace and a terracotta bust version sold by Christies NY in 2016 for $40,000 USD.