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Marble statue of Herakles seated on a rock

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
total H. 49 3/4 in. (126.4 cm)
H. of figure 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm)
H. of seat 26 in. (66 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Adaptation of a Greek statue of the late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.

The great hero was shown resting on a rock with his legs stretched out in front of him, his club braced under his left armpit. The exceptionally fine and realistic rendering of the lean, muscled body and the powerful curve of the back bring to mind the works of Lysippos, a famous sculptor of the late fourth century B.C.
#1272. Marble statue of Herakles seated on a rock
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 237, fig. 145, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Chase, George H. 1924. Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections. p. 123, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 279, fig. 198, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lawrence, Arnold Walter. 1927. Later Greek Sculpture and its influence on East and West. pp. 18, 109, London: J. Cape.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 279, fig. 198, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 142, 282, pl. 122b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 181, pp. 95-95, pls. 125-26, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1988. Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. "Herakles," p. 774, no. 942, pl. 508, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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