ambisinistral describes it well:
The Boxer at Rest is a bronze Hellenistic sculpture dating from somewhere between 330 - 50 B.C. Rather than showing a heroic figure, it shows a battered boxer. His nose is broken, his lip is split and he has cauliflower ears as well as numerous cuts. The statue also has copper inlaid to represent splattered blood.
There are more photos at his place, and I strongly encourage you to go look. The anonymous artist knew well how to represent a timeless subject, these two millennia ago.
We've lost this. The so-called "art community" not only lacks the talent to produce a work as timeless this, it doesn't have any interest in doing so. Here are a few examples of the wasteland that is modern sculpture.
|Alberto Giacometti, Cat|
|Henry Moore, Double Oval|
|David Smith, CUBI VI|
Lest you think that I'm being unfair to the "art community", these are all from the Wikipedia page on Modern Sculpture. These are the sculptures highlighted by people who are jazzed by the subject, and this is the best they can come up with.
It reminds me of this:
|The Golden Madonna, ca. 980 AD|
This was made after the "Carolingian Renaissance" of Charlemagne, an age where the civilization of the post-Roman barbarian kingdoms had recovered enough to explicitly model itself on the Roman Empire. It has been said that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor and empire, but it was marketed that way at the time. And this was the best that they could do, 1300 years after The Boxer At Rest. It wasn't nearly as technically proficient, but they were trying.
The Holy Roman Emperors at least wanted to restore art to its former glory, but it would be another 500 years before Michelangelo actually pulled that off.
Today's "art community" doesn't even want to do this. The people who preen as a "cultural elite" are not even up to the level of Dark Ages barbarians. At least the barbarians aspired to standards.