Statue of Herakles [Λ 41]
Roman marble statue representing Herakles of the Farnese type (roman copy of the Hellenistic original). This example of Roman sculpture shows the Greek hero – known as the Farnese Herakles – leaning on his customary wooden club. The statue, seen from the front, reveals an excessively muscular body with his arm draped over a club covered by a lion’s skin. His veins are bulging, his face is ovoid, his eyes almond – shaped, his nose is long, his beard is tangled, his forehead is wide. But despite this massive and powerful presence, Hercules is not depicted in action and intensity; instead he leans tired on his club. The posture represents not a moment of his irresistible triumph, but an attitude of exhaustion. Hercules, at the end of his twelve labors, seems tired and seeks for rest.