Photographer's Note

This is an older photo that I scanned the other day. I wasn't really happy with the color version, but I think it looks much better in black and white. I left it a bit grainy on purpose, with the intent of making it almost like Impressionism. I would have liked just a bit more sharpness, though...

This is the world famous Ercole Farnese, the Farnese Hercules, an ancient sculpture created in the third century AD. It is attributed to Glykon, who signed it, apparently a Greek working in or around Rome. As in the case of much Roman sculpture, it's a copy of a Greek original in bronze, by Lysippos, dating to the fourth century BC. This monumental sculpture was created for display in the Baths of Caracalla, dedicated in 216 AD. It was recovered in a less-than-intact state in 1546. It depicts a seemingly exhausted and dejected Hercules, leaning on his club draped with the skin of the Nemean lion, with the apples of Hesperides held in his hand behind his back. According to a contemporary letter, the head was found separately, actually in a well in Trastevere. The torso was also sans legs, which were also eventually discovered in later excavations. It is so named because it was long held by Alessandro Farnese, the grandson of Pope Paul III, where it remained in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, surrounded by frescoes of the Twelve Labors. It was finally moved to Naples in 1787 with much of the other pieces in the Farnese collection, and it's now on display in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, where many of the objects found during excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum are housed.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1188] (2104)
  • Genre: Gente
  • Medium: Blanco y negro
  • Date Taken: 2004-07-00
  • Categories: Arte
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2019-03-30 19:27
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