The most famous Herakles/Hercules of the Farnese type stands at 3.17m high in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples. It is an enlarged copy signed by Glykon (3rd c. CE) designed for the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. The bronze original, now lost, was attributed to Lysippos, one of the most famous artists of the 4th century BCE.
The sculpture was originally designed to be viewed in the round. Hercules is depicted leaning on his club, over which is draped the skin of the Nemean lion, the conquest of his first labour. He glances downward, evidently deep in thought. His right arm, held behind his back, is holding the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. This is Hercules after he has performed the last of his twelve tasks. He has just achieved what Eurystheus thought was impossible, and fetched these fruits from Hesperia, the easternmost place in the known world. He had some help, however… It turns out Hercules was not all brawn: he uses his cunning to trick Atlas – the Titan charged with supporting the heavens – into helping him.
This work, then, gives us an insight into Hercules the hero, wily savant and beast of brutish strength.
He was named the Farnese Herakles as he was found in the baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1540, and later installed within the courtyard of the Farnese Palace in Rome.
The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculptures in this collection - made for us in the UK - are created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble.
The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - should he be placed outdoors.
|dimensions||Height including his marble base: 61cm|
marble Farnese Herakles (SPECIAL ORDER ITEM)
- Code: SA-051
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- excl tax: £320.83