It was my first visit to the museum and I was really impressed with the permanent collection. As I continued to roam I came upon Dying Gaul. To say I was speechless by his beauty is an understatement. Dying Gaul seemed to be in a state of meditation, yet at any moment he would look up and say hello. So lifelike, in both his physical appearance and energy. There is a life force within him and he says so much without uttering a single word. John De Andrea truly captured the spirit of being human, with all our flaws and imperfections, yet balanced with true beauty and grace. The blemishes on his back, the curve of his muscles, I just want to curl up and fall asleep with him.