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Figure group - Hercules and Antaeus

Hercules and Antaeus

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Norman Bloom, in memory of Mrs Florence Bloom

  • Museum number:

    A.3-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This large-scale group shows the Greek hero Hercules wrestling with the giant Antaeus, who gained his strength from contact with the earth. Hercules is therefore shown struggling with Antaeus and lifting him from the ground to weaken and overcome him. This subject was a popular one from the renaissance onwards. This group is probably derived from a seventeenth-century French example, although it is a later cast.

Physical description

Bronze group, two struggling male figures.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Dimensions

Height: 148 cm, Weight: 169.5 kg

Object history note

Given by Norman Bloom and the Bloom Family Trust South Africa in memory of Mrs Florence Bloom, in 2003, together with A.2, 4 & 5-2003.

Descriptive line

Group, bronze, Hercules and Antaeus, France, ca. 1850

Subjects depicted

Homoerotic

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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