Friday, January 24, 2014

HERCULES

Hercules, 11x14 inches, watercolor on Rives paper, by Kenney Mencher  

Marble statue of a bearded Hercules

Period:
Early Imperial, Flavian
Date:
A.D. 68–98
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Island
Dimensions:
H. without pedestal 93 3/4 in. (238.20 cm.)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
03.12.14
  • Description
    Restorations made during the early 17th century: both legs, the plinth, the support at the left leg, pieces in the lion’s skin. The arms were also restored but have been removed.

    Roman copy of Greek original

    This statue and the over-life-sized statue of Hercules across the courtyard in all probability were made as a pair to decorate one of the great spaces in a large public bath. Although they are much restored, their stance and attributes are essentially correct and are variants on long-established statue types that probably originated in images of the Greek hero Herakles dating to the fourth century B.C. They were part of the large collection of ancient sculpture assembled in Rome at the beginning of the seventeenth century by a wealthy Genoese banker, the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani.