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Pollice Verso – Thumbs Down

Pollice Verso – Thumbs Down. 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme Magnificently reproduced here in a large 36″x48″ by the master of Victorian art reproductions Alexei King. Serious offers in the region of $3500 will be entertained only.

The producers showed director Ridley Scott a reproduction of the painting Pollice Verso before he read the script to “Gladiator “. “That image spoke to me of the Roman Empire in all its glory and wickedness. I knew right then and there I was hooked”, commented Scott. Pollice Verso is a Latin phrase, meaning “with a turned thumb”, that is used in the context of gladiatorial combat. It refers to the hand gesture used by Ancient Roman crowds to pass judgment on a defeated gladiator. It is a large canvas that depicts the Vestal Virgins signifying death to a fallen gladiator in the arena. The picture was purchased from Gérôme by U.S. department-store magnate Alexander Turney Stewart who exhibited it in New York City, and it is now in the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona.

No its not the original, unlike 99% of the online galleries we only show the actual work that is available, it’s not a picture of the original and then you receive something entirely different when it finally arrives, this is the painting for sale. Please contact us directly by Email if you would like to discuss details for the purchase of this painting .