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Weary Herakles (Herakles Farnese)
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Weary Herakles (Herakles Farnese)

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Description Herakles was the most revered Greek hero, famous for his great strength. This small version of Lysippus' often copied sculpture of the hero departs from the usual representations. He is shown in a moment of pensive exhaustion following the last and most difficult of his Labors, acquiring golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides, which he hides behind his back in his right hand.
Date Description Narrative
1/10/1957Treatmentloss compensation
5/05/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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3rd century BCE (Hellenistic)
solid cast bronze
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H: 6 1/16 x W: 2 3/8 x D: 1 1/2 in. (15.4 x 6 x 3.9 cm)
  • Egypt, Alexandria (Place of Discovery)


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