After Alessandro ALGARDI (1595-1654) known... - Lot 134 - Millon

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After Alessandro ALGARDI (1595-1654) known... - Lot 134 - Millon
After Alessandro ALGARDI (1595-1654) known as the Algarde
Hercules as a child smothering a snake sent by Juno
Bronze proof with brown patina
19th century
H : 40 - W : 46 - D : 22 cm

The work illustrates the legend according to which Hercules, born of an affair between Jupiter and Alcmene, seized and suffocated the snake sent by Juno, Jupiter's deceived wife. The original pose of the child refers to the baroque composition created by l'Algarde around 1650 and today only known by bronze statuettes such as the one kept in the Louvre Museum and dated around 1700. The sources of inspiration go back to classical ideals and in particular to a Roman marble sculpture preserved in the Capitol in Rome.
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