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Hercules Farnese

This Roman sculpture, made of marble, is a copy of a lost original that was possibly created in the early 3rd century BC by Lysippos, who was Alexander the Great's personal sculptor.


A replica based on Hercules Farnese, a Roman sculpture, made of marble, that is a copy of a lost original that was possibly created in the early 3rd century BC by Lysippos, who was Alexander the Great’s personal sculptor.

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The Farnese Hercules is notable for its massive scale and the depiction of Hercules in a moment of rest, leaning on his club draped with the skin of the Nemean lion, one of his conquests during the twelve labors. His muscular physique is shown in meticulous detail, highlighting his physical prowess and the weariness that comes with his efforts. The sculpture stands as a testament to the hero's strength and endurance, but also to the moments of human vulnerability and exhaustion. Hercules, known as Heracles in Greek mythology, is the son of Zeus and Alcmene, a mortal woman. This lineage made him a demigod, possessing both immense strength and mortal weaknesses. His life was marked by constant challenges from Hera, Zeus's wife, who, out of jealousy, sought to make Hercules's life as difficult as possible. The most famous tales of Hercules revolve around the Twelve Labors, a series of tasks he was compelled to complete as penance for a crime committed in a moment of madness, induced by Hera herself. These labors included slaying the Nemean Lion, capturing the Golden Hind of Artemis, obtaining the girdle of Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, and capturing Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to the underworld. Each task was deemed impossible, yet Hercules succeeded in all, using both his unparalleled strength and his wit. Through these labors, Hercules traveled to far-off lands and faced both mortal and divine opponents, eventually earning his place among the gods on Mount Olympus after his mortal death. The Farnese Hercules, with its intricate depiction of the hero's physique and its portrayal of a moment of respite amidst labor, captures the essence of Hercules's enduring legacy—a symbol of strength, perseverance, and the complexities of his heroic life. This statue not only serves as an artistic tribute to the mythological figure but also offers insight into the cultural importance of Hercules in the ancient world, where he was venerated as a model of masculinity, a protector, and a figure capable of overcoming insurmountable challenges.

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MATERIAL: polyresin


METHOD: molded


PATINA: cold cast bronze


Secure molded styrofoam packaging