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Marble statue of a youthful Hercules

Early Imperial, Flavian
69–96 A.D.
Marble, Island ?
H. 97 3/16 in. (246.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1903
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Restorations made during the early 17th century: head and neck, right arm below the shoulder, left arm and shoulder, right leg below the knee, left leg, tree trunk, club, plinth.

This statue was part of the collection of antiquities acquired in Rome by the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani during the first third of the seventeenth century. It must have been made as one of a pair with the over-life-sized statue of a bearded Hercules displayed across the courtyard. Both may have been excavated in the remains of public baths originally constructed under the emperor Nero in A.D. 62, which were located in the vicinity of the Pantheon.
E.R. 1906. "The Giustiniani Marbles." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 1(6): p. 82.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 122, p. 174, pl. 94, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. Herakles, no. 360, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 451, pp. 386, 494, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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