About this artwork
Both this bronze and it’s companion depict the legendary labors of Hercules, a common source of inspiration for Renaissance and later art. The figures may derive from a lost series of silver statuettes cast after models by the sculptor Giambologna during the last quarter of the 16th century. They reflect an intense preoccupation with the human form in motion, which transforms violent struggle into ballet. Bronzes after Giambologna’s models were popular during his lifetime and later, and they were often studied by painters like Tintoretto.
- Unknown Italian
- Hercules and Lichas
- H. 49.9 cm (19 5/8 in.) H. 54.9 cm (21 5/8 in.) (including base)
- Robert Allerton Endowment