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Figure group - Hercules and Antaeus

Hercules and Antaeus

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pollaiolo, Antonio del (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.73-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette represents Hercules and Antaeus and is freely adapted from the larger group by Antonio del Pollajuolo (1431-1498), which is in the Bargello, Florence.
Hercules, who wears the lion's pelt around his waist with the lion's mask facing backwards, lifts up Antaeus, who has his head thrown back and pushes against Hercules' head with his left hand. On a base that has claw feet and foliate motifs at the corners.

In this mythological combat, Hercules holds the giant Antaeus in the air in a vice-like grip, because Antaeus drew his strength from touching the earth.

Physical description

Figure group of Hercules and Antaeus. Hercules, who wears the lion's pelt around his waist with the lion's mask facing backwards, lifts up Antaeus, who has his head thrown back, and pushes against Hercules' head with his left hand. Base has claw feet and foliate motifs at corners.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Pollaiolo, Antonio del (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 47.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956. Freely adapted from the larger group by Antonio del Pollajuolo (1431-1498) in the Bargello, Florence.

Descriptive line

Figure group, bronze, Hercules and Antaeus, Italian, late 19th century

Production Note

Freely adapted from the larger group by Antonio del Pollajuolo (1431-1498)

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Homoerotic; Lion's mask

Categories

Ph_survey; Bronze; Myths & Legends; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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