Marble head of Herakles


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Copy of a Greek statue of the second half of the 4th century B.C. attributed to Lysippos.

In the statue, the Greek hero Herakles was shown close to exhaustion on completion of the twelve labors set him by Eurystheus, ruler of the Argolid. The contrast between his powerful physique and his weary stance is echoed in this particularly fine rendition of his noble head, which is bowed with fatigue. The statue was copied in many different sizes during the Roman period.

Marble head of Herakles, Marble, Parian ?, Roman

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