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The Dying Spartan


The Last of the Spartans by Gaetano Trentanove (American, 1858-1937) was found by the Milwaukee Art Museum in the Milwaukee Public Courthouse.  People had been putting out cigarette butts on him in some very intimate places.  After the Milwaukee Art Museum removed a wall and installed him via crane, he didn't have to worry about this kind of torture happening again, even if traces of ash remained.  This was the most mournful representation of a man I have ever seen in my young adult life.  I was seventeen and fascinated by him.