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  • Playing card: King of Clubs (ALEXANDRE)

    Unidentified artist, French, about 1860, French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 8.5 x 5.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Woodcut, printed in color

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2002.586

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  • Bicycle Race

    cancelled 1907

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.18742

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  • "La Citroen et tous les Sports, Le Tennis,"...

    July 1922

    Publisher Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts

    Description
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    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.51.17

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    Europe

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  • Race Track

    about 1895–97

    Maurice Brazil Prendergast, American (born in Canada),...

    Description

    Maurice Prendergast painted "Racetrack" in Boston shortly after returning from almost four years in France, where he studied at the Académie Julian and tirelessly sketched scenes of Parisian life. Having observed Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pictures of Parisians promenading in parks, at the racetrack, and on the beach, Prendergast painted similar idyllic scenes in the Boston area. In "Race Track" he rendered both adults and children enjoying leisure time at a sporting event held in a large park. This is probably Franklin Park, laid out in the 1880s by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead as part of Boston's Emerald Necklace (a series of interconnected parks ringing the city). Instead of showing the excitement of the race itself, Prendergast portrayed the audience-on holiday and dressed in their Sunday clothes-between races. The artist delighted in painting white, pink, and gray dresses against the grid created by the fence and chairs. He punctuated the overall pattern of the painting with red-orange parasols, flags, and wagon wheels, giving the scene a festive air. A master watercolorist, Prendergast here treated oil paint as if it were watercolor, indicating white areas by leaving the canvas bare and using thin washes of pigment. The result is a cheerful exposition of urban middle-class recreation expressed through bold color and inventive composition.

    This text was adapted from Carol Troyen and Janet Comey, "Children in American Art" (Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2007, in Japanese).

    Details

    Dimensions

    58.42 x 52.7 cm (23 x 20 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Oil and graphite on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    62.321

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    Americas

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  • York Race Grounds

    1776–1827

    Thomas Rowlandson, English, 1756–1827 English

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    Dimensions

    Sight: 24.4 x 38.1 cm (9 5/8 x 15 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and watercolor

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    48.140

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  • Skiing in Hokkaido

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Collotype; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.5882

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  • Class Boat '62 Sophomore Year, Harvard, Cambridge, MA

    about 1860–62

    George Kendall Warren, American, 1824–1884 American

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    Dimensions

    Image (oval): 13.5 x 18.5 cm (5 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.) Sheet: 24.5 x 32.4 cm (9 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, salt print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2004.571

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  • "Battue d'Autumne - Costumes pour la chasse à...

    November 1912

    Bernard Boutet de Monvel, French, 1884–1949 French

    Description

    Costumes "Norfolk" en "homespun." La veste du chasseur est à soufflets, celle de sa compagne est à plis.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photomechanical lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.6.4

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    Europe

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  • Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1487

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  • Salmon Fishing

    1927

    Frank Weston Benson, American, 1862–1951 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    91.76 x 112.08 cm (36 1/8 x 44 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    27.574

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  • "Deux Costumes de Sport," advertisement from Gazette du...

    July 1913

    Publisher Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photomechanical lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.14.12

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    Europe

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  • "Au Paddock - Robe d'après-midi de Worth," plate...

    July 1913

    Maurice Taquoy, French, 1878–1952 French

    Description

    Robe de Worth pour les courses en damassé blanc. La tunique est en chiffon blanc, le corsage forme ceinture sur la tunique avec deux pans rattachés dans le dos.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photomechanical lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.14.9

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  • "Allons! Du Courage!.. - Costume pour le bain," plate...

    June 1913

    Pierre Brissaud, French, 1885–1964 French

    Description

    Robe de campagne en crépon chinois imprimé. La veste est en grosse toile.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photomechanical lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.13.3

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  • Cockney - Sportsmen shooting Flying

    James Gillray, English, 1757–1815 English

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Platemark: 25.4 x 35.6 cm (10 x 14 in.) Sheet: 29.8 x 37.8 cm (11 3/4 x 14 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Etching and aquatint, hand colored

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    33.985

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  • Le Jockey

    1899

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.); Sheet: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph printed in black, turquoise-green, red, brown, grey-beige and blue ink

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    24.1704

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  • Woman with Tennis Racket from Hakko

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.15793

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  • Russian Soldier and Japanese Soldier Boxing

    1904–05

    Artist Unidentified

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.4067

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  • Racehorses at Longchamp

    1871, possibly reworked in 1874

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    34.0 x 41.9 cm (13 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    03.1034

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  • "Les Neiges - Costume pour les sports d'hiver, en...

    November 1920

    Maurice Leroy

    Description

    Voici un costume de sports d'hiver en agnella, fermé par des boutons de galalite.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Woodcut with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.34.2

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  • "J'en tiens un - Petite robe pour la campagne,"...

    June 1913

    Guy Arnoux, French, 1886–1951 French

    Description

    Costume pour le bain en tissu éponge, garni de ganses de laine et d'un col en linon de couleur brodé.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Photomechanical lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.13.2

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  • The Wrestlers

    1905

    George Benjamin Luks, American, 1866–1933 American

    Description

    After studying with Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and furthering his training abroad in Germany at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, George Luks traveled throughout Europe, returning to the United States in 1894. He first worked as a newspaper illustrator for Philadelphia journals; in 1896, following the encouragement of fellow illustrators Robert Henri [http://www.mfa.org/search/collections?artist=Robert%20Earle%20Henri], John Sloan [35.52], and Everett Shinn [2008.45], who had also studied with Anshutz, he relocated to New York City.

    Criticized for his poor handling of the human anatomy, Luks answered his detractors by rendering this complex scene of two nude wrestlers. The artist’s perspective was radical for the time. Luks’s composition effectively presses the viewer to the edge of the wrestling pit, thereby emphasizing the down-at-heels setting. The jarring vantage point also evokes the sweaty underbelly of modern urban life, a theme for which he and fellow members of the Ashcan School would become known.

    Luks’s scene of entangled human flesh under duress is reminiscent of the sporting scenes that fellow Philadelphian Thomas Eakins painted, in particular Eakins’s 1899 Wrestlers (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Whereas Eakins depicted a wrestling hold with the impassive eye of a painter rendering a studio model, Luks conveys the passion exuded by the heaving torsos. Eakins applied carefully blended strokes of pigment, building up solidly modeled forms after the manner of his studio training with the French academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme [http://www.mfa.org/search/collections?artist=Jean-L%C3%A9on%20G%C3%A9r%C3%B4me]. Luks, in contrast, enlivens his figures with energetic brushwork and thick impasto. Luks’s familiarity with the popular press, gained from his work for illustrated periodicals, may have inspired the sense of immediacy he suggested—brilliantly illuminated flesh is thrown into relief against the dark background as though caught in a reporter’s flashbulb.

    The opponent at the left also recalls the terrifying visages of the early-nineteenth-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya’s so-called Black Paintings (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid), in which humans are transformed into ghouls. Luks portrays a distinctive type among the multitudes in New York City, in this case an aggressive athlete. Once again, his training as a newspaper illustrator likely honed his astute sensitivity to physiognomy, and here the thickly furrowed brow, devilish eyes, and flushed complexion suggest the bellicose personality befitting a pugnacious wrestler.

    This text was adapted from Elliot Bostwick Davis et al., American Painting [http://www.mfashop.com/9020398034.html], MFA Highlights (Boston: MFA Publications, 2003).

    Details

    Dimensions

    122.87 x 168.59 cm (48 3/8 x 66 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    45.9

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  • Turkey Shoot

    1879

    John Whetten Ehninger, American, 1827–1889 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    63.5 x 110.17 cm (25 x 43 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    46.854

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  • The Happy Moment

    1847

    Artist James Goodwyn Clonney, American (born in England),...

    Description
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    Dimensions

    68.58 x 55.88 cm (27 x 22 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1222

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  • New Year's Card: Woman Playing Golf

    Atsuo, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1477

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  • New Year's Card: Woman Playing Golf

    Takahashi Haruka, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

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    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1207

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  • New Year's Card: Woman Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock

    Atsuo, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1476

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  • New Year's Card from an unidentified series of baseball New...

    1932

    Takahashi Haruka, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1216

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  • New Year's Card (from an unidentified series) of baseball...

    1932

    Takahashi Haruka, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1217

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  • New Year's Card: The Monkey's Baseball (from an...

    1932

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

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    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1452

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  • Commemorating Kyoto's Third High School Baseball Match

    cancelled 1907

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1611

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  • New Year's Card: The Monkey's Rugby (from an...

    1932

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1448

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  • New Year's Card: The Monkey's Tennis (from an...

    1932

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1449

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  • Itohan of Kobe (from an unidentified series)

    1933

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1636

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  • Woman's Ski (Onna no sukii) (from an unidentified series)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Collotype; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2804

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  • Commemoration of the 8th Japan Tournament of Ski of Students

    1935

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.5659

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  • The First Game of Keio University VS U University (unidentified name)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Collotype; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.5660

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  • Untitled (Swimmers in swimming pool, one woman floating, another...

    published 1981

    Artist Garry Winogrand, American, 1928–1984 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 22.4 x 33.3 cm (8 13/16 x 13 1/8 in.) Sheet: 28 x 35.3 cm (11 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs , Portfolios

    Accession Number

    2001.759

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  • Swimmers and Life Saver Viewed from Above

    cancelled 1907

    Nakazawa Hiromitsu, Japanese, 1874–1964 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1060

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  • Swimming

    1919

    Sugiura Hisui, Japanese, 1876–1965 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1169

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  • Advertisement for the Fujiya Hotel: Swimming Pool, Fujiya Hotel,...

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photographic reproduction on card

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.4642

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  • Girl in Swimsuit Ready to Jump Off

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.7419

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  • Girl in Swimsuit Standing on Diving Board

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.7424

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  • Girl in Swimsuit Posing on Log

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.7425

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  • "Le Citroen et Les Sports, Le Golf," illustration from...

    November 1922

    Publisher Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.54.16

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    Europe

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  • "Pour le Golf - Costume, de Madeleine Vionnet," plate...

    March 1924

    Thayaht, born Ernesto Michahelles in Italy, 1893–1959 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.62.3

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  • Sumô Wrestlers Shiranui (R) and Kimenzan (L), Referee Shikimori...

    1857 (Ansei 4), 12th month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864...

    Description

    Triptych: 00.920 (left), 00.956 (right), 00.1469 (center)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 38.2 x 76.6 cm (15 1/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    00.920, 00.956, 00.1469

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  • Two Men Fighting Album F (Images of Spain Album), 73

    1812–20

    Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828 Spanish

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 20.6 x 14.5 cm (8 1/8 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brush and iron gall ink with scraping on cream laid paper, pink paper mount

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    2002.430

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  • Sumo Wrestlers

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.18265

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  • Covered drinking cup (kylix) depciting athletes and judges

    about 500 B.C.

    Description

    The top is covered except for an opening from which one can drink. The stem is hollow and continues upward inside to the level of the rim. The cup could be filled through the stem, and, once filled, could be emptied only through the mouthpiece. The vessel was lowered, right side up, into a krater of wine until the stem was covered. The hollow stem filled up with wine, which then flowed into the inner compartment. When the cup was held in a horizontal position ready for drinking, the wine could not flow out through the foot because the top of the hollow stem was high above the level of the wine.

    On top are seven nude, athletes moving counterclockwise. A long-bearded, balding judge with a himation over his shoulder to the left of the spout places a ribbon in added white over the first of the athletes. Another white ribbon flutters from the athlete's arm, a red fillet is tied around his right thigh, and he holds a red aryballos in his left hand. Behind him, a beardless youth with a himation over his shoulder plays the double flute. The following athletes originally had fillets in either added red or added white around their heads. The white is missing on the fifth and seventh athletes . The third, fifth, and seventh athletes are beardless; the first, second, and fourth are bearded.
    Between the figures are the inscriptions "the boy/(is) beautiful/the girl/(is) beautiful/the boy/ (is) beautiful/the girl/(is) beautiful/indeed":
    In the center a bearded mask (Silenos?) is surrounded by a dotted band with three outer and three inner bounding circles.
    The lower part of the cup is undecorated.
    The foot has been broken from the stem and reattached.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.); diameter: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Black Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    95.16

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  • Jar (stamnos) with female athletes bathing

    440–430 B.C.

    Group of Polygnotos

    Description

    Side A: Three nude women at a bath basin, two holding strigils and one washing her hands in the basin after exercising. A short female slave in a peplos carries a garment over her shoulder and holds a unguent container (plemochoe) in her right hand. A Doric column stands in the center of the scene. Two mirrors hang on the wall. In the field the Greek inscription: "Hediste is beautiful ("Hediste kale"). The word 'Hediste' above the heads of the women at left, and 'kale' above the heads of the women at right.
    Side B: Two women, facing right, one holding a mirror, and the other with her hair in a sakkos, and a youth wearing a himation and holding a walking stick, facing left. A ribbon or sash is hung in the background.

    [Label text]:
    The vase-painter has rendered a scene of a bath-house on this large jar. Four women stand around a large basin. The young woman to the far right may be a slave assisting the women in their bathing. The women use strigils to clean themselves. These curved metal implements were used to scrape dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. Behind the women, two mirrors hang on the wall.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 40.6 cm (16 in.); diameter: 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    95.21

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  • Drinking cup (kylix)

    about 510–500 B.C.

    the Poseidon Painter

    Description

    Interior: Young athlete running profile to right, face turned to left. Carries two javelins in his left hand, and in his right a jumping weight. Surrounding the figure a meaningless inscription.
    Exterior side A: Dionysus mounted on a donkey, attended by three satyrs and two nymphs. One satyr runs behind, holding Dionysus' high-handled cup (kantharos) and a large wine-bag.
    Exterior side B: Satyrs pursuing nymphs who look back; six figures. Meaningless inscriptions among the figures.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 12.7 cm (5 in.); diameter 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    95.35

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  • Bowl (dinos) depicting athletes training

    about 430–420 B.C.

    Manner of the Dinos Painter

    Description

    Nude youths practice the javelin, boxing, long jump, and the discus throw. Two trainers wearing mantles and holding sticks observe them. A musician, playing a double-pipe (aulos) and wearing a sleeveless patterned tunic over a long-sleeved, similarly-patterned tunic, provides a rhythm for a javelin thrower. A cheek-strap (phorbeia) supports his instrument. Behind the musician, a starting post is painted white, probably to indicate stone.

    [Label text]:
    A group of eleven youths train for athletic activities on the side of this dinos, while another youth plays the double-flute.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 22.1 cm (8 11/16 in.); diameter: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    96.720

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  • Drinking cup (kylix) depicting pentathletes

    about 510–500 B.C.

    the Proto-Panaitian Group

    Description

    Interior: Youth with a jumping weight (halter) in each hand, running to right. He looks back over his shoulder indicating that he is probably not about to jump. Two javelins appear vertically behind him. Inscribed "Athenodotos is handsome" (ATHENODOTOS KALOS)

    Exterior side A: A youth runs to the left, looking back. The youth behind him carries a pick used to loosen the dirt in the jumping pit. At the far left another athlete picks up a javelin, with a thong in his other hand.

    Exterior side B: Two youths holding javelins run to the right. A third athlete runs, holding a pair jumping weights in his left hand and gesturing with his right. Inscribed "The boy is handsome" (HO PAIS KALOS)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 7.6 cm (3 in.); diameter: 23.3 cm (9 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    98.876

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  • Oil flask (aryballos) depicting athletes

    500–490 B.C.

    Imitator of Onesimos

    Description

    Around this aryballos athletes are depicted relaxing in a palaistra. An athlete strips the oil from his body with a strigil. More cleaning equipment hangs on the wall. Three pairs of youths and boys stand in conversation; one youth, who is followed by his dog, offers his younger friend a flower. Between the figures the inscriptions "Panaitios is handsome" (PANAITIOS KALOS).
    Condition: Repaired with some restoration.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.6 x 7.7 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    98.879

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  • Drinking cup (kylix) depicting an athlete with discus

    about 500 B.C.

    Painter Douris

    Description

    Interior: Youth about to throw diskos. Jumping weights (halteres) hang in the field and a large pickax balances within the tondo behind the athlete. At left is a Greek inscription, "Douris painted it" (DORIS EGRAPHSEN).

    Exterior side A: Three warriors fighting: middle one wears a sun-hat (petasos).
    Inscribed in Greek: "Chairestratos is pretty" ([XAI]REST[RA]TOS KALOS).

    Exterior side B: Three warriors fighting: middle one wears a helmet.
    Inscribed in Greek: "Chairestratos is pretty" (X[AI]RESTRATO[S] KALOS).

    Under side of foot has graffiti: letters alpha and upsilon.

    Condition: Repaired with slight restorations.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.) Diameter: 24 cm (9 7/16 in)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    00.338

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  • Panathenaic prize vase (amphora)

    530–520 B.C.

    the Euphiletos Painter

    Description

    Side B: A race with five runners. The sharply bent position of their arms indicates the race is long distance - presumably the "dolichos."
    Damaged. Somewhat restored.

    Side A: Panathenaic Athena standing to left, brandishing spear, holding shield decorated with white forepart of a panther. Two columns with Doric capitals on which perch cocks. Inscribed "of the prizes from Athens" (TON ATHENETHEN ATHLON)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 60.7 cm (23 7/8 in.); diameter: 40.4 cm (15 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Black Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    99.520

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  • Statuette of a discus thrower (discobolos)

    about 480 B.C.

    Description

    Youth with discus (Diskobolos) is slightly crude in detail, eyes and hands being overly large. The hair is a heavy cap formed of incised lines.

    Condition: The right leg has been broken at the knee and repaired. The fronts of both feet are missing. Corrosion, especially on the front of the body.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    01.7480

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  • Wine cooler (psykter) depicting pentathletes

    about 520–515 B.C.

    Phintias

    Description

    Scene of pentathletes practicing. Three pairs of nude javelin throwers and a pair of nude wrestlers. The athletes' trainers are draped and hold long switches. The javelins (akontia) each have a looped leather thong (ankyle) indicated in red paint. Two athletes are drawing the boundary lines in the ground for the javelin throw.

    Inscriptions: "Philon" (PHILON); "Etearchos" (ETEARXOS); "Epilykos" (EPILUK[OS]; "Ptoiodoros" (PTOIODOROS); "Sostratos" (SOSTRATOS) (twice); "Eukrates" (EKRATES); "Eudemos" (EUDEMOS); "Eoppoki" (EOPPOKI); "Kimon" (KIMON); "Phayllos" (PHAULO[S]); "Xenophon" (XSENO[PHON]); "Enioas" (ENIOAS)

    Condition: Considerably fractured and repaired.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); diameter: 26.9 cm (10 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8019

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  • Drinking cup (kylix) depicting a boxer

    about 500 B.C.

    Onesimos

    Description

    Interior: Athlete (nude youth) binding his hands for boxing. A pick on the ground behind him, a pair of jumping weights (halteres) hang in the field to his left. In field inscribed: "Athenodotos is handsome"(on interior) ("ATHENODOTOS KALOS"), "Handsome"(twice on interior) ("KALOS")

    Exterior side A: Four warriors, nude except for their armor, do battle. In the center one comes from the left and spears his opponent in the genitals. While he bleeds, he ineffectually tries to draw his sword. In field, "The boy is handsome" (KALOS HO PAIS)

    Exterior side B: Two warriors fight over another soldier who is dying from a fatal side wound.

    Condition: Faces of exterior figures restored.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.) Diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8021

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  • Drinking cup (kylix) with pentathletes

    about 470–460 B.C.

    the Telephos Painter

    Description

    Exterior side A: Two nude youths practise gymnastics- jumping and javelin-throwing - under the guidance of a trainer wearing a mantle. In field is a starting post . A toilet kit (sponge, aryballos, and strigil) hangs from a peg. Fragmentary inscription above the figures: ...N..N..[-]...N..

    Exterior side B: A javelin thrower, a diskos thrower, and a jumper exercise beside a fluted starting post and a pick. A strigil, portable oil jar (aryballos), and sponge hang from a peg. Fragmentary inscription above the figures: KALO..P..N.

    Interior: A youth wearing a mantle stands between a laver and a starting post. Brown is used for the details of the body. Red for the fillet, loop of the javelin and inscription. Greek inscription "Handsome" (KALOS) above the post.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 10.6 cm (4 3/16 in.) Diameter: 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8033

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  • Pseudo-Panathenaic vase (amphora) depicting a pankration match

    about 530–520 B.C.

    the Mastos Painter

    Description

    Side B: A pankration match supervised by a judge. Another figure is at the far left, probably a spectator, trainer, or another athlete. One competitor holds up a finger, the signal of submission. On foot, graffito: DKOI

    Side A: Between two Doric columns, on which sits a cock, Athena brandishing a spear. Her shield-device is the body of a chariot.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 60.2 cm (23 11/16 in.); diameter: 42.1 cm (16 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Black Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8127

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  • Plate depicting athletes

    about 525–520 B.C.

    Paseas

    Description

    Two nude young athletes conversing, one carrying a discus. Incised inscriptions: "Xenophon" (XSENOPHON); "Dorotheos" (DOROTHEOS).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    03.785

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  • Drinking cup (skyphos) showing an athlete with a wreath

    about 340–330 B.C.

    Errera Painter

    Description

    This victorious athlete, an inhabitant of southern Italy, is shown wearing shorts or a loincloth. A proper Greek athlete would have been represented nude, but this custom was not universally adopted outside of Greece, and this athlete probably was a native Italian, perhaps an Oscan.
    Side A: Youth wearing white, apicate fillet, a loincloth edged with yellow dots, shoes and a yellow belt stands to the left, his right foot on a rock. With his right hand he holds out a white fillet and with his left a white wreath with yellow ends and central band. The belt and loincloth suggest that he is a native Italian.
    Side B: A white-skinned woman wearing a peplos and yellow bracelets and shoes stands to the left. A belt of yellow beads circles her waist. Her hair is tied up with a white fillet with trailing yellow ends. She holds a white wreath with yellow ends and central band in her extended right hand and rests her left hand on her hip.

    ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #84 (03.822)
    Skyphos
    Attributed to the Errera Painter
    about 340-330 B.C.

    A: A youth wearing a white, apicate fillet, a loincloth edged with yellow dots, shoes, and a yellow belt stands to the left, his right foot on a rock. With his right hand he holds out a white fillet and with his left a white wreath with yellow ends and central band. The belt and loincloth suggest that he is a native Italian; compare the warrior on the painter's neck-amphora in Brussels (A 3550: Trendall, LCS, p. 322, no. 704, pl. 126).
    B: A white-skinned woman wearing a peplos and yellow bracelets and shoes stands to the left. A belt of yellow beads circles her waist. Her hair is tied up with a white fillet with trailing yellow ends. She holds a white wreath with yellow ends and central band in her extended right hand and rests her left hand on her hip.
    A band of egg-pattern circles the rim. Large flowers flank both figures, and there are large palmettes under the handles. The circling groundline consists of two parallel stripes.
    The Errera Painter worked in Capua in the third quarter of the century in a workshop that included the Laghetto Painter, the Caivano Painter, and the Painter of B.M. F 63, to whom he is particularly close in style. The beaded belt and plump white wreaths were among his favorite motifs. His women are often painted white.

    Details

    Dimensions

    14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    03.822

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    Europe , The Ancient World

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  • Drinking cup (skyphos) depicting jumpers

    about 480 B.C.

    the Brygos Painter

    Description

    Side A: Nude pentathlete holding jumping weights (halteres) prepares to jump. Two javelins in background. A trainer stands before him holding a switch to point out fouls. Behind the jumper is a small boy holding a staff and the athlete's sponge and oil flask.

    Side B: A jumper, at right holding halteres (facing left), taking his position. Before him a beardless trainer leans on a staff. Two javelins in background.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 14.4 cm (5 11/16 in.); diameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    10.176

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    The Ancient World

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  • Two-handled jar (amphora) depicting a victor in an athletic contest

    about 490 B.C.

    the Kleophrades Painter

    Description

    This vase shows a much-admired athlete loaded down with prizes and gifts. He carries a walking stick, an aryballos, and a hare. His body is adorned with red ribbons, signs of admiration. On the other side of the vase another youth stands holding a wreath, perhaps to be awarded to the athlete.

    Side A: Nude athletic victor holding a walking stick, a perfume bottle (aryballos) and a hare, his left arm and thigh bound with purple taeniae.
    Side B: Youth in cloak (himation) holding out a wreath to the figure on the other side.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 45.4 cm (17 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    10.178

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  • Fragments of a vase for carrying bath water (loutrophoros)...

    about 520–500 B.C.

    Description

    Fragment of a narrow, tall vase. Upper parts of four figures from an athletic scene. One young athlete holds up a discus; a bearded athlete possibly handles a javelin; behind him is a bearded trainer with switch; another youth stands behind the discus thrower.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Black Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    10.222

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  • Two-handled storage jar (pelike) depicting young athletes jumping

    about 520–510 B.C.

    Circle of Euphronios (Euthymides or Oltos), Greek Greek

    Description

    Side A: Two nude youths jumping together together accompanied by flute music; leapers at center, flautist at right, facing them, wearing a cloak (himation).
    Above the figures is the name "Kalipides", and between the jumpers and the piper is the name "Aineas" (Aeneas). Below is the inscription "Leagros is handsome" (LEAGROS KALOS)

    Side B: A piper (named "Smikythion") accompanies two nude jumpers, the same two youths depicted on the front of the vase, seen from rear. They are probably athletes in training. Inscriptions in between the piper and the jumpers read: "Smikythion"; "Leagros is handsome, yes indeed!" (LEAGROS KALOS NAI XI)

    The action may represent a Greek competitive dance exercise called bibasis, a Laconian dance for both boys and girls.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.); diameter (max.): 24.4 cm (9 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1973.88

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  • Mixing bowl (krater) with sprinters

    about 480 B.C.

    The Lotus Bud Group

    Description

    Side B: Three nude youths running left. Their posture indicates that the race depicted is a sprint.

    Side A: Herakles and Geras. Herakles on left, body facing left, head facing right. He wields a club above his head with his right hand. He wears a cloak and carries a staff in his left hand and a wineskin over his back. Geras has a wrinkled brow and white beard.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Black Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1998.49

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  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume

    1987

    Artist Herb Ritts, American, 1952–2002 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 31.9 x 25.4 cm (12 9/16 x 10 in.) Sheet: 35.6 x 27.8 cm (14 x 10 15/16 in.) Mount: 40.1 x 33.1 cm (15 13/16 x 13 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2000.889

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    Americas , Contemporary Art , Photography

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  • Boxers

    1818

    Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, French, 1791–1824 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 35 x 41.7 cm (13 3/4 x 16 7/16 in.) Sheet: 42.5 x 58.8 cm (16 3/4 x 23 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Lithograph: crayon and brush

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    34.576

    Collections

    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Miniature wine jug (chous) depicting two boys boxing

    about 420 B.C.

    Description

    Two small boys wrestling (boxing?), with a column on either side.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); diameter: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure technique

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    95.53

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    The Ancient World

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