Early baroque, fully plastic seated figure of Hercules - Probably Padua - 17th century




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Bronze casting with original, dark, almost black lacquer patina.

The athletic ancient hero sits leaning against a rock covered with a lion skin, presenting the three golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides in his outstretched right hand and leaning his left arm relaxed on his mace. The bearded head is crowned by a tied wreath, his gaze rests on the apples of immortality, which he was able to steal with a ruse from the garden guarded by a dragon - his impressively formed, muscular body was therefore rather irrelevant for these of his twelve heroic deeds.

The pictorial type of the seated hero goes back to a Hercules figure from the 1st / 2nd century AD, which is kept in the antiques collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Inv. VI 342).

Height 52 cm.



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