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Statue of Hercules restored as killing the Hydra of Lerna
Sculpture
From an original of the Early Hellenistic period. Modern restoration by Alessandro Algardi (17th century)
Marble
cm 200

The sculpture was discovered during the reconstruction of the Chuch of Sant'Agnese. The sculptor Alessandro Algardi doncuted a complete restoration of the statue. He probably modified the ancient iconography of Hercules who domesticates the hind of Ceryneia to iconography of Hercules who kills the Hydra. At any rate, the work is a Roman reworking of a Greek creation attributed to Lysippus who, according to the sources, sculptured the labours of Hercules.

Location: Palazzo Nuovo > Gallery
Provenance: From Rome, Via Nomentana - S. Agnese
Acquisition data: Verospi-Vitelleschi Collection - Clement XII donation (1738)
Inventory: inv. MC0236

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