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Statuette - Hercules and Deianira

Hercules and Deianira

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (or France, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 - ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.45-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze group represents Hercules and his wife Deianira. They are standing side by side, naked, embracing each other.
Hercules (Greek name is Heracles) is one of the most important heroes in Greek mythology. He was the son of Jupiter and Alcmena, a Theban princess. He is regarded as the embodiment of physical strength and courage. His two main attributes are the club and the lion's skin, which he won at his first labour. He had to undertake 12 labours as a penance for slaying his own children in an act of madness. His wife Deinaira was the daughter of the river-god Oeneus.

Physical description

Hercules - naked - is embracing the naked Deianira at his right. In his left he holds the club.

Place of Origin

Italy (or France, made)

Date

ca. 1600 - ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 18.2 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Hercules and Deianira, Italian or French, 17th century

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Club

Categories

Bronze; Myths & Legends; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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