Among the 15 Spanish galleries invited to show alongside their Belgian colleagues are Galerie Mayoral, Coll & Cortes, Jose de la Mano and Lopez de Aragon--which brings a late 16th-century marble fragment of Hercules and Hydra, after a model by Giambologna
, for Jean Boulogne Giambologna
(1529-1608), a Dutch sculptor known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.
The Appenine Colossus resembles like a Greek god sculpted by French sculptor Giambologna
Includes works by Degas, Rodin, Giambologna
and Roubiliac and new research.
The sculpture is almost an exact copy of one made for Cardinal Ferdinand de' Medici in 1580 by Giambologna
The body is fashionable these days: in Vienna the Kunsthistorisches Museum's summer 2006 Giambologna
exhibit was titled Triumph of the Body, while the new Musee du Quai Branly in Paris opened at the same time with Stephane Bretons Qu'est ce qu'un corps?
The original now resides in the Galleria dell'Accademia, and although the museum contains countless other works of art of the highest calibre by Renaissance masters including Giambologna
, still nothing quite prepares you for the magnificence and sheer scale of the undertaking, as the sculptor's hero stands tall and in victorious pose having defeated the mighty Goliath.
From the late 15th century onwards, connoisseurs have valued terracottas for their own sake as much as for the insight they provide into the creative processes of such masters of marble and bronze as Michelangelo, Giambologna
Ambitious form; Giambologna
, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence.
The model is probably by Giambologna
but we will never know for sure.
This bronze may well have been part of the group acquired from Giambologna
himself by Sebastian Zaech in the 1590s.
Originally, the statue was situated on Lange Briicke over the River Spree, in imitation of Giambologna
and Pietro Tacca's equestrian Henry IV on Pont Neuf, Paris.