Statue of Hercules in gilded bronze

Statua di Ercole in bronzo dorato
Author: 
Type: 
Sculpture
Year: 
2nd century BC
Material and technique: 
Bronze
Size: 
cm 241
Origin: 
From Rome, Forum Boarium (15th century)
Inventory: 
inv. MC1265
Collection: 

The statue originated in the Forum Boarium, where it was found during the pontificate of Sixtus IV. The statue must have represented the cult statue whithin the round temple dedicated to the Greek hero in the second century BC. The statue's proportions and strong modeling demonstrate that it was based on Greek models of the fourth century BC, close to the Lysippic style. A recent hypothesis suggests that it could have derived directly from the mold of a bronze statue of that period.

The hall

Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori - Area del Tempio di Giove Capitolino

Of this temple have been brought to light the impressive foundations made from blocks of stone that, through the superficial layer clay, rest upon the tufa rock below. Also freed from the modern walls that covered it, restored and suitably highlighted is the so called "Roman Wall", the only part of the podium that has come to posterity in its full height, on top of which is still to be found a considerable layer of cement-like material from ancient roman times. 

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