(b Saxony, c. 1754; d Rome, 15 April 1795). German gem-engraver, active in Italy from 1784 or earlier. Like many of his contemporaries, Hecker mainly copied antique sculpture, basing his designs on such popular works of Classical sculpture as the Apollo Belvedere (Rome, Vatican, Mus. Pio-Clementino), the Venus de’ Medici (Florence, Uffizi) and the Capitoline Venus (Rome, Mus. Capitolino). When working from such models, he confined himself to profiles. It is not possible to establish whether he based his work on copper-engravings and drawings by others or whether he made his own drawings from the original.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.