Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hercules and the Nemean Lion

Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
possibly French
Medium:
Bronze, with etched golden-brown surface, oxidized dark brown where rubbed
Dimensions:
Height: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.105
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]

Footnotes:
[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)
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