"The Farnese Hercule. Bronze Sculpture From Ancient, Italy XIXth Century"Bronze with brown patina Height: 61 cm The Hercules Farnese, discovered in 1546 in the thermal baths of Caracalla in Rome, is one of the major pieces in the Farnese collection. It is a colossal marble statue, worked in the round and currently on display at the Archaeological Museum of Naples. This Roman copy, dating from the 3rd century AD. AD, is an enlargement of a Greek original in bronze from the end of the 4th century BC. J.-C, of the Greek sculptor Lysippe de Sicyone. This statue was part of the decoration of the Baths of Caracalla, built in Rome between 212 and 216 AD. AD, and adorned with statues from various eras. The monumentality of the statues corresponds to the gigantic size of the thermal baths. Of the forty statues found, of the hundred that decorated them, one can sketch two lines of the decorative program: on the one hand the exaltation of physical power, on the other the search for rare and dramatic mythological themes. At the Hercules Farnese made another colossal statue, today preserved in the palace of Caserta, the Latin Hercules. From the point of view of style, we recognize the characteristics of the sculptor Lysippus: the slender appearance of Hercules, the proportions: the body is eight times the head, the triangular composition thanks to the club which serves as a "crutch" and fits harmoniously with the rest of the statue. Because of his celebrity, many copies in marble and bronze were made, some in ancient times, then many from the 18th century. Very good condition, sold with invoice & certificate.