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After the Contest

After the Contest




8.5″ W x 14″ H (21.59 cm W x 35.56 cm H)
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11″ W x 17″ H (27.94 cm W x 43.18 cm H)
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24″ W x 36″ H (60.96 cm W x 91.44 cm H)
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36″ W x 65″ H (91.44 cm W x 162.10 H)
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After the Contest

Oil Painting Fine Art Reproduction


This oil painting shows a gladiator, a Thrax, exhausted after a contest. He has a flesh wound across his right pectoral, wide but not deep. It’s the kind of wound Roman physicians excelled at healing. His skin is covered in dried sweat and sand. The curved sword at his feet has its tip covered in blood which means his opponent got at least as good as he gave. The gladiator’s small round shield, a buckler, rests against his left leg. His grieves are mid-thigh. His helmet sits on the ledge behind him off to his right. On the wall behind his right shoulder, you can see graffiti; gladiators fencing. They’re identified by name.


Gladiators were categorized into types; among them was the Thrax or Thraex (Thracian). Each gladiatorial type had a different way of fighting. The Thrax was fairly well armored with both legs protected by mid-thigh grieves. He wore a wide belt (balteus) made of leather to protect his abdomen. Attached to that was a chain mail cloth that protected his right hip and thigh. His sword arm was protected by scaled armor or wound thick cloth held in place by leather straps (fasciae). In this painting, he had already taken that off.

The Thrax was usually big and muscular but slow moving. He was weighted down by his heavy armor. Any single contest couldn’t have lasted more than 20 minutes, especially if the gladiators were fighting, as was usual, in the afternoon. His chance of surviving a contest, even if he lost, was somewhere around 90%.

About The Artist, Zygmunt Michalski

Zygmunt (Zyggi) Michalski began drawing from a very young age. He majored in art at Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world (established in 1364). There, he studied painting and drawing with Krystyna Wróblewska—member of the Polish Academy of Sciences—a well-regarded painter, graphic artist and book designer. Her work and career have appeared in academic books such as Archiwum Sztuki Polskiej XX Wieku and Tom 2 Twórczość Krystyny Wróblewskiej. She herself studied under the famous painter Ludomir Slendzinski. Michalski also studied under Professor Wiktor Zin at the Architecture Department, University of Krakow. Dr. Zin was a widely published author and a designer of many churches internationally and in Poland. He was a well-known TV personality.

Michalski worked with Zin at the Polish Studios for the Conservation of Cultural Property. Michalski is equally adept at pen and ink drawing and oil painting. He can paint in various styles and is particularly interested in historical and surrealistic subject matter. He is also very strong in portraiture. Zygmunt Michalski has  executed more than 25 pieces of art for Pro Romanis. You can see some of Zyggi’s other work at