Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hercules and the Nemean Lion

early 17th century
possibly French
Bronze, with etched golden-brown surface, oxidized dark brown where rubbed
Height: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537
The late Mannerist composition, derived only generically from the Hercules groups of Giovanni Bologna, displays networks of interlocking triangular shapes, resulting from Hercules’ legs being stretched crosswise behind the lion. The base, a segmental arc, is especially curious. The chasing is closely controlled, almost like medallic engraving. The head seems to reflect the features of the Farnese Hercules and those of Henri IV, but a French facture is offered here only provisionally. Another cast cited by Bode as belonging to the Victoria and Albert Museum is not, in fact, there.[1]

[James D. Draper, 1984]

[1] W. von Bode, The Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, London, III (1912), pl. CXCVIII, 2.
Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (until 1938; sale, Christie's, New York, June 23, 193 8, no. 123); [ Paul Drey , New York ] ; Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
Related Objects

Pluto and Cerberus

Artist: After Giovanni Battista di Jacopo (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau) Date: early 17th century Medium: Bronze Accession: 1978.516.6 On view in:Gallery 532


Artist: Jean Antoine Houdon (French, Versailles 1741–1828 Paris) Date: 1787 Medium: Bronze Accession: 62.55 On view in:On view

Baptism of Christ

Artist: After a model by Alessandro Algardi (Italian, Bologna 1598–1654 Rome) Date: mid-17th century Medium: Bronze with dark brown patina Accession: 34.111 On view in:Gallery 550

Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor

Artist: Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris) Date: modeled 1849, cast ca. 1867 Medium: Bronze Accession: 85.3 On view in:Gallery 554

Woman Stretching

Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris) Date: modeled probably ca. 1884–89, cast 1920 Medium: Bronze Accession: 29.100.393 On view in:Gallery 814