Hercules holding a coat of arms
Tuscany, second half of XVI century
67 x 30 x 19 cm
Hercules is depicted holding a coat of arms with the right hand and his typical club with his left hand. The sculpture mediated a philosophical and moralizing message in agreement with the models of the Renaissance.
During the Renaissance, Hercules was therefore considered an example of the good prince, who combined virtues, strength and balance.
The present sculpture, carved in the round, with a sketched back was probably placed in a niche in the gallery or in the courtyard of a noble palace to convey to the visitors the moralizing message and glorify the owner of the house. The coat of arms was probably painted.
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