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Head of Hercules

Artist:
Giuseppe Girometti (Italian, Rome 1780–1851 Rome)
Date:
second quarter 19th century
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Sardonyx
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 1 1/4 x 1 1/16 x 3 5/8 in. (3.2 x 2.7 x 9.2 cm); 32.1 x 26.6 x 9.2 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.37
Not on view
An agate cameo also signed by Girometti with Hercules’ head reversed is in the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Profano. In this sardonyx version four strata were deployed: the plummy brown of the Nemean lion’s mask is defined against the blush of Hercules’ cheek, which in turn sets off the paler flesh of the hero’s profile and the white of the beast’s fang and paw.
Signature: Incised to right of head: GIROMETTI
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
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