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Jean-Léon Gérôme – Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down)

August 8, 2010 Art, realism No Comments

Currently on display (for a limited time) at The Getty, this stunning image is said to have inspired Ridley Scott’s Gladiator film.

It was interesting to read that back in the day the protocol (thumbs up) was to kill the defeated gladiator. So, “thumbs down” actually indicated the crowd’s desire to spare the guy. Somewhere along the way, the interpretation got messed up.

Links:
Jean-Léon Gérôme
The Iris, Getty Blog

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