Farnese Bull


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Farnese Bull,

sculptured group representing Zethus and Amphion, sons of Antiope, tying Dirce (who had ill-treated their mother) to an enraged bull. The sculpture is generally considered to have been executed by Apollonius of Tralles and his brother Tauriscus in the 1st or 2d cent. B.C. A copy made in the early 3d cent. A.D. decorated the Baths of Caracalla. This copy, with incorrect restorations, was later in the Farnese Palace and is now in the National Museum, Naples.
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Best known for his casts of the models made by his master Giambologna, Susini probably cast this from the piece moulds produced in 1613 by his uncle Antonio Susini, Giambologna's principal bronze caster, who is known to have made several bronze statuettes of the Farnese Bull.
Paintings by Correggio, Titian and Spranger and sculpture (left, The Farnese Bull, after 1580) are on show in 'Vom Mythos der Antike' from 4 December until 1 March.
The Farnese Bull found in 1545 at the Baths of Caracalla, for instance, was initially given titles related to Hercules.