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ID number:  BIRBI-45.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bologna, Giovanni (1529-1608)
Title / Object name:  Hercules Wielding his Club
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  early 1580s
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  41.3 cm high
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's sale of L.M. Lowenstein's estate (deceased), 13 July 1945, lot 93, for £80

Giambologna trained in the Southern Netherlands before moving to Florence to work for the Medici, where he became the leading sculptor in Italy. He made many models for small bronze sculptures, including a series of the Twelve Labours of Hercules, which were much copied. The prime version of this bronze was made for the Medici in about 1584 apparently as a single figure; but the model was often paired with the dragon Ladon (relating to the 11th Labour).

Notes:  Cast: probably France or Italy, mid-17th century

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