Hercules and Antaeus are shown between four broken all’antica pillars. According to Bange, this plaquette may have been part of the same series as the Mars and Victory plaquette (No. 130).(1) A variant by Moderno exists with identical figures placed under a vault.(2) The fine and crisp cast probably dates from the sixteenth century.
Catalogue entry from: Frits Scholten. The Robert Lehman Collection. European Sculpture and Metalwork, Vol. XII. Frits Scholten, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 162.
1. Bange, E.F. Die italienischen Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock. Vol. 2, Reliefs und Plaketten. Berlin, 1922, nos. 466, 474, 475.
2. Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965, no. 163.