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Hercules and the Snakes

Hercules and the Snakes

Francesco Fanelli (in circa 1640)

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This bronze statue is by the Florentine artist Francesco Fanelli and depicts Hercules. Hercules is shown as a kneeling child. He holds a snake in the air with his left hand; it has apparently just attacked him. He presses a second snake to death against the ground with his other hand.

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Title Hercules and the Snakes
Material and technique Bronze, patina
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 12.2 cm
Length 14 cm
Height 22.9 cm
Artists Toegeschreven aan: Francesco Fanelli
Accession number BEK L 25 (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Coll. Mr. J. W. Frederiks 1994
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1994
Age artist About 63 years old
Collector Collector / J.W. Frederiks
Internal exhibitions Brons Hout Steen. Zeven eeuwen sculptuur in het Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen (1994)
Alles kids (2016)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Francesco Fanelli

Florence 1577 - Parijs circa 1665

Francesco Fanelli (c. 1590-1653), born in Florence, was an Italian sculptor. He spent the greater part of his career in England. In 1609 he apparently worked in...

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