Results 1 707
505 Previous Next

Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules
Additional Views Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This large marble head, possibly from an over-life-sized sculpture of Hercules, was excavated near the Florence baptistery and adapted and partly recarved to fit a medieval sculpture. Differences in the drill marks on the beard and the hair (those in the hair are finer and deeper than those in the beard) indicate that the head was probably modified in the Middle Ages. Many of the sculpted figures that once adorned the facade of the Duomo in Florence were completed with adaptations of ancient heads. The nose and left ear of this head are modern.
Conservation

Old fills around the restored nose and proper right ear were toned using Golden Fluid Acrylic Colors. No attempt was made to hide the restorations.

Date Description Narrative
6/23/1971Treatmentcleaned
5/16/2016TreatmentPrepared for exhibition.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling. 2016.
Provenance Arthur Sambon, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, June 9, 1949, Pt. III, no. 558; Walters Art Museum, June 9, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

Creator
Period
2nd century, reworked 14th century (Medieval)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.533
Measurements
H: 18 3/16 × D: 16 5/16 in. (46.23 × 41.4 cm)
Geography
  • Italy, Florence (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

Tags


    Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules
    Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules Thumbnail: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules
    Previous Next
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Re-Carved Colossal Head of Hercules