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Versailles by Eugène Atget

Versailles, 1923

Eugène Atget

The mottled back of a vanquished gladiator looks so real, it’s hard to believe it was carved from stone. The contoured muscles of his leg, definition of his toes, and bend of his spine make us feel as if he could at any moment push into his right arm and turn around to stare back at us. The photographer specialized in pictures of places that seemed like theatrical stages, poised for imminent action. The sculpture he photographed is one of hundreds gracing the grounds around the palace of Versailles, outside Paris.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York