Farnese Hercules

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Gigantic marble statue of Hercules leaning sideways on his club and resting after his labours, once part of the Farnese collection and now in the Archaeological Museum in Naples. It is signed by an Athenian sculptor named Glycon and is a copy of a lost original of the 4th century bc, probably by Lysippus. The figure was discovered in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in about 1546 and became highly influential and much copied. Its powerful musculature and realistic surface treatment were particularly admired by Baroque artists.

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