A small boxwood sculpture of the Farnese Hercules by Michel Peru (d.1670)

Price on request

Global shipping available

Maker
Michel Peru
Period
ca.1635
Material
Boxwood
Signature
Signed
Dimensions
26 cm
Provenance

Sale Bruun Rasmussen, 13 May 1993, lot 580

The present boxwood model of Hercules closely follows its Roman example, in stance and rendering. It shows that the interest in the antiquities persisted over the centuries.

Hercules is modelled after the well-known Farnese Hercules, an ancient statue of Hercules, a Roman sculpture that is a copy or version of a much older Greek original that was well known, in this case a bronze by Lysippos (or one of his circle) that would have been made in the fourth century BC. The enlarged copy was made for the Baths of Caracala in Rome, where the statue was recovered in 1546, and is now in the Archeological Museum in Napels. The heroically-scaled Hercules is one of the most famous sculptures of antiquity and has fixed the image of the mythic hero in the European imagination.

The present boxwood model of Hercules closely follows its Roman example, in stance and rendering. It shows that the interest in the antiquities persisted over the centuries. 

In ancient mythology, Herculas was the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcemene. As the greatest of hero's, he was well-known for his strength and a model of masculinity. 

 

Questions about this object?

Please use one of the contact options below:

Privacy Policy

Privacy Site by Artimin