Head of Hercules

Giuseppe Girometti Italian

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An agate cameo also signed by Girometti with Hercules’ head reversed is in the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Profano. In this sardonyx version four strata were deployed: the plummy brown of the Nemean lion’s mask is defined against the blush of Hercules’ cheek, which in turn sets off the paler flesh of the hero’s profile and the white of the beast’s fang and paw.

Head of Hercules, Giuseppe Girometti (Italian, Rome 1780–1851 Rome), Sardonyx, Italian, Rome

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