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Hercules and Antaeus

Artist:
Moderno (Galeazzo Mondella) (Italian, Verona 1467–1528 Verona)
Date:
model ca. 1488–89 (probably cast 16th century)
Medium:
Copper alloy with a brown natural patina under a dark layer of wax; pierced at the top.
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.9 cm, wt. 63.26 g.
Classification:
Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1346
Not on view
Hercules and Antaeus are shown between four broken all’antica pillars. This plaquette may have been part of the same series as the Mars and Victory plaquette in the Lehman Collection (1975.1.1345). A variant by Moderno exists with identical figures placed under a vault. The fine and crisp cast probably dates from the sixteenth century.
Robert Lehman, New York
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