Based after the famed Farnese statue, this cast stone bust on a pedestal depicts the head of Hercules as it appears in the original statue. Hercules has his head tilted to the side and down, while the head and neck muscles show perfect placement and proportion to the face. The bust rests comfortably on a cast stone pedestal that has a rectangular panel on all four sides and stepped molding all the way around the base.
The original full body marble statue that our bust was based on was produced by an artist named Glykon in the early 3rd century. Glykon’s marble itself was an enlarged copy of a cast bronze statue from 4th century BC by an artist named Lysippos, who is considered one of the greatest sculptors of the Classical Greek era. Lysippos was the personal sculptor of Alexander the Great, as Alexander felt that Lysippos was the only artist fit to represent him.
Glykon’s marble statue, called the Farnese Hercules, was produced for the Baths of Caracalla, which was Rome’s second largest public baths. At some point in time, the statue was disassembled, as the legs were discovered in the ruins of the baths during a 16th century excavation, while the head was retrieved from a well outside of Vatican City. The statue is referred to as Farnese due to the fact that the disassembled statue was restored under the guidance of the Italian cardinal, Alessandro Farnese. Cardinal Farnese was renowned for having acquired the greatest private collection of fine art in the early modern world.
Standing at just over three feet tall, this neoclassical cast stone bust on a pedestal would look great indoors, but will do just fine weathering the elements in an outdoor garden. The color is a patinated antique gray and the statue is cast from a composition of crushed limestone, bluestone, and cement.
CONDITION: Recent production. Distressed finish to mimic age (i.e. uneven coloration and wear). See photos for details.