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Model - Hercules and the Centaur

Hercules and the Centaur

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1575-1588 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red wax, on wire armature

  • Museum number:

    4126-1854

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 3, shelf 2

For some sculptural commissions, a leading artist such as Giambologna made only the model and the work was executed by others. Ideas were also transmitted by terracotta models, plaquettes and engravings, as well as by decorative objects for which sculptors had provided designs. This sketch model may be an initial study for the marble group of Hercules and the Centaur in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, which Giambologna completed in 1599. Alternatively, it may be a sketch for the version of the subject in silver, on which he was working in 1576.

Physical description

The head and right arm of the Hercules, the left arm and most of the legs of the centaur missing. On a base of wood and lead.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1575-1588 (made)

Artist/maker

Giambologna (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Red wax, on wire armature

Dimensions

Height: 13.97 cm

Object history note

This sketch model may be an initial study for the marble group of Hercules and the Centaur in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, which Giambologna completed in 1599. Alternatively, it may be a sketch version of the subject in silver, on which he was working in 1576.

Descriptive line

Hercules and the Centaur, by Giambologna, wax, Italy (Florence), ca. 1575-88

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1854. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 19
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 146
Avery, Charles. Giambologna, The Complete Sculpture. Oxford: 1987, pp. 111, 117, cat. 194, p. 276
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 474
Avery, C and Radcliffe, A Giambologna 1529-1608, Sculptor to the Medici, exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978, p.221, cat. no.: 227

Materials

Wax

Subjects depicted

Centaurs

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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