Condition: This sculpture is in perfect condition. Bronze Dimensions with Marble Base:Height 17" x Width 5 1/2" Marble Dimensions: 5 1/2" X 4 1/2" . Height without base: 16" Weight : 10 LBS Inventory 32DS0064323

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Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek demigod Heracles, son of
Jupiter (the Roman equivalent of Zeus), and the mortal Alcmena. Early
Roman sources suggest that the imported Greek hero supplanted a mythic
Italic shepherd called "Recaranus" or "Garanus", famous for his
strength, who dedicated the Ara Maxima that became associated with the
earliest Roman cult of Hercules. While adopting much of the Greek
Heracles' iconography and mythology as his own, Hercules adopted a
number of myths and characteristics that were distinctly Roman. With
the spread of Roman hegemony, Hercules was worshiped locally from
Hispania through Gaul.In Roman works of art and in Renaissance and
post-Renaissance art that adapts Roman iconography, Hercules can be
identified by his attributes, the lion skin and the gnarled club (his
favorite weapon): in mosaic he is shown tanned bronze, a virile
aspect. Hercules was the illegitimate son of Zeus and Alcmene, the
wisest and most beautiful of all mortal men. Hera was enraged at Zeus
for his infidelity with Alcmene, and even more so that he placed the
infant Hercules at Hera's breast as she slept and allowed Hercules to
feed, which caused Hercules to be partially immortal, thus, allowing
him to surpass all mortal men in strength, size and skill. However,
Hera still held a spiteful grudge against Hercules and sent Hercules
into a blind frenzy, in which he killed all of his children. When
Hercules regained his sanity, he sought out the Oracle at Delphi in
the hope of making atonement. The Oracle ordered Hercules to serve
Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, who sent him on a series of tasks known
as the Labors of Hercules. While he was a champion and a great
warrior, he was not above cheating and using any unfair trick to his
advantage. However, he was renowned as having "made the world safe for
mankind" by destroying many dangerous monsters. This bronze sculpture
depicts the regalness and the strength of hercules. This sculpture was
cast using the "Lost Wax Method" and has a brown patina it is mounted
on a marble base and is signed by artist Milo.