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Hercules and Iolaus with the Hydra

Artist: Algardi, Alessandro
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(Bologna 1598 – 1654 Rome)

Date: mid-17th century
Medium: bronze with dark patina
Dimensions: 41.5 x 28 x 29 cm
Classification: sculpture
Inventory Number: 5358
Department: Sculpture

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Hercules and Iolaus with the Hydra

This dynamic Baroque bronze statuette depicts the battle of Hercules and his helper, Iolaos, with the Hydra of Lerna. Algardi, the most sought-after sculptor of the first half of the 17th century next to Bernini, first came across the subject when he restored the Hercules statue of the Roman Verospi collection. Inspired by this antique marble, he created two variations on this theme: one, which follows the original more closely, repeating the position of the heads (The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford/USA); the other being a freer, more harmonic composition, which fits into the artist’s oeuvre better, represented by this statue from the Ferenczy-collection.