"Gladiator's I and II (pair)" Life-size Bronze Sculpture by James Muir for sale at Sculpture Collector for sale at Sculpture Collector
"Gladiator's I and II (pair)"
Edition . . 6
by James Muir
The Father of Allegorical Art
This is a SOLD OUT edition
A rare opportunity to acquire these pieces
$19,000.00 (pair) including custom 43"H marble pedestals
"Gladiator II - Ave Deo" (Hail God!)
This sculpture depicts a Retiarius, Fisherman, who was sometimes termed the ‘runner,' as he wore no armor except the aforementioned galerus and manicae. He is generally armed with only a net, trident, fascina, and dagger.
Together, these pieces glorify not the Gladiatorial combats, but are a tribute to that rare kind of courage so often displayed in the arena by thousands of doomed men. At a higher level, the pair represent the conflict between the material and the spiritual, between rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's.
The Myrmillo is weighed down by the mass of his material armor and weaponry. The Retiarius moves unencumbered, his net a symbol of retaining only the essential Truths of life while the three-pointed trident is a reminder of focusing heart, mind, and soul on the spiritual target. While the head of Hercules on the Myrmillo's helmet screams in defiant range against the inevitable, the crab on the Retiarius' galerus crawls its way steadfastly upward toward the Light, supported by the feather of Truth, Ma'at, and the ‘fish' of the Christ, with the focused thrust of the trident, where the last vestiges of our own shells shall at long last be divested.
"Gladiator I - Ave Caesar" (Hail God!)
This piece was actually created at this point, as I was beginning to feel like a gladiator being "sacrificed in the arena for the pleasure and profit of others in a meaningless spectacle." It was, however, never sold until almost seven years later when it was appropriately "paired" with "Gladiator II (Ave Deo)" and took on an all new meaning. Both will be fully addressed at that point in the chronology.
About James Muir
James N. Muir was born in Indianapolis, Indiana 1945. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years and completed his B.S. Degree at Indiana University in 1970. His professional art career as a sculptor began in 1979 and he has continued to be a full-time professional artist for 26 years.
He owned his own bronze casting foundry, Seraph M Fine Art Bronze, from 1982 to 1988 in Sedona, Arizona. He has completed over 100 sculptures to date and his first book "Lanterns Along The Path" was published in 2004.
Allegorical Art is a term Muir uses to describe his art as being filled with symbolic meaning. Bridging the centuries from his historical military subjects to today's social, political and spiritual commentary, his sculptures speak eloquently of Duty, Honor, Courage, and Justice, but above all, of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the Human Spirit. He has built upon the recognition gained as a historical military sculptor to create an ever-expanding array of artistic commentary exemplifying the highest qualities of man.
Muir's early interest in history and the military was reinforced by his experiences as a West Point cadet and to which he also attributes the cementing of his personal "Code of Honor." Muir's ever deeper involvement with horses, and his continuing quest for spiritual Truth, finally led him to leave Indiana in 1979 for the freedom and inspiration of the great American West.
He ultimately settled in Sedona, Arizona and there embarked on a full-time career in sculpting, initially specializing in historical subjects. In 1990 he began to expand his work to include contemporary subjects and accepting commissions in lifesize and monumental.
His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience resulted in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes. He quickly gained the acclaim of collectors around the country. Some of the public collections Muir's work resides include the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Meisler Museum, Bolivar Museum, Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, the Booth Museum in Georgia, Pearce Western Art Museum, Sons of The American Revolution Headquarters, and the Atlanta Historical Society. Many of his sculptures that address today's contemporary issues can be found in institutions and museums such as: Birkenau Museum in Auschwitz, El Paso Holocaust Museum, St. Louis University, Vanguard University, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, George W. Bush Presidential Library and some of the most prominent private collections in America.
Muir's most recent accomplishment is the release of his new book, "Lanterns Along The Path: The Allegorical Art of James N. Muir" (available at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide). A labor of love, Muir spent nearly seven years writing the book that showcases all of his sculptures with a flowing narrative which addresses the spirit of the human journey. The book is already being recognized as its own work of art: Muir received the "2004 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award" in the Inspirational Category.
Recent commissions in-progress include: West Point Military Academy, a monumental sculpture for the new Thomas Jefferson Library Rotunda; an 18 foot Christ sculpture for CC Young at Dallas, Texas; a lifesize figure of the Mexican hero - Elfego Baca for a museum in New Mexico; and two signature sculptures for the Sedona Humane Society in Arizona.
In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir's sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life - for Truth in its purest form."
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