Statuette of Heracles

Statuetta di Herakles
1st-century A.D. Roman copy of a Greek original by Polyclitus (second half of the 5th century B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Pentelic marble
From Rome
Inv. MB 109

This piece is a copy, smaller than the original, of a work created by Polyclitus in his mature years, between 440 and 430 B.C. The balance in the figure of the hero, who rests his left hand on his back and assumes a sinuous pose, shows that compared with the Doriphoros, the sculptor had reached a more advanced stage of his formal research on the image of the nude male figure.

The hall

Room 5, devoted to Greek art