Wrestlers by Hughie O'Donoghue

This triptych depicts the Roman sculpture 'Wrestlers' discovered in Italy in the 16th century on a slab.


Oil on canvas
240 x 522 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £49,000)
Acquired in:
Rubicon Gallery

Above the slab is an image of a soldier trying to unearth a howitzer from the mud in Italy during the Second World War from the photographic archive of the Imperial War Museum, London. O'Donoghue states that 'the wrestlers represent the struggling armies in Italy' and the digging soldier 'is an image of the futility of war'.


The artist.

Venue details

Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens, Belfast County Antrim BT9 5AB 028 9044 0000 www.nmni.com

Entry details

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Free exhibition with National Art Pass

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