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Bust of Hercules
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Bust of Hercules

XVIII century. Carrara marble. Room 031

Hercules, who defeated the Nemean lion in his first Labour, used his impregnable crocodile’s skin as a cuirass and a lion’s head as a helmet. Alexander the Great was represented in a similar manner following his heroic conquest of the East, as was the Emperor Commodus at a later date. This classicising bust looks back to Roman models in the ducal palace in Mantua and in the Villa Albani in Rome.

Technical data

Inventory number
Bust of Hercules
XVIII century
Carrara marble
Height: 77 cm; Width: 51 cm; Base/bottom: 30 cm; Weight: 68 Kg
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 93,94.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Madrid, 1908, pp. 252.

Arndt, P.; Amelung, W., Photographische Einzelaufnhmen antiker Skulpturen., Múnich, 1912.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 119.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 114.

Walker, S., The Sculpture Gallery of Prince Livio Odeschalchi, Journal of the history of collections, VI, 1994, pp. 189-219.

Anes, Gonzalo, Las colecciones reales y la fundación del Museo del Prado, Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1996, pp. 316.

Coppel, Rosario, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 234.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, pp. 35,75 / 89.

Other inventories +

Museo Real de Pinturas a la muerte de Fernando VII, 1834. Núm. fol.25.
Una Estatua que representa a Comodo en trage de Hercules, de tamaño natural; marmol de Carrara, restaurada en muchas partes. 7.000

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 276.
276. Un busto de marmol griego que representa a Hercules. Alto 2p. 6 lin- Id. la base 7 pulg.

Inscriptions +

Scrap of paper. On underside

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Room 031 (On Display)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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