Hercules Farnese Statuette - 3D printed
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Farnese Hercules Statue - 3D printed

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Farnese Hercules Carrara 3D scan made in PLA and 3D printed with additive technique. A reproduction of the 3rd century sculpture. A.D. found in Rome, preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Hercules (in Greek mythology Heracles) symbolizes the triumph of human courage and strength. The sculpture represents Hercules at rest, tired after the last of the twelve labors in the garden of the Hesperides. Just his impossible feats on him were the emblem of the ability to save men in different situations.

Ideal for furnishing your home in a modern yet classic way.

  • Material: PLA polylactic acid (natural and 100% renewable bioplastic)
  • Small statue dimensions: 21cm x 9cm x 7cm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Large statue dimensions: 30cm x 12.8cm x 10cm
  • Weight: 245 grams


Produced in Italy

The sculpture evokes the final phase of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, showing the hero caught in a moment of rest after completing the eleventh effort: having managed to get hold of the golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides (visible in his right hand).

Discovered in Rome at the Baths of Caracalla (212/216 AD).

The twelve works have always represented the clash between man and nature, an expression of divinity in its wildest and most terrible form: Heracles is considered a symbol of courage, moral rigor, strength accompanied by cunning, physical activity (founder of the Olympic Games) and figure of salvation and redemption of humanity from divine cruelty.

The fascinating figure of the Greek hero had great veneration in antiquity, so much so that it was replicated by the greatest artists and reproduced in different sizes and materials (bronze, marble, terracotta, stone, ivory).

In the Greco-Roman era, reproductions were widespread and in great demand. This is evidenced by countless surviving statues copied in marble from now-lost bronze originals.

In antiquity, the difference between original and copy it had no role in relation to the function of the copies and the context in which they were placed.

The same originals in bronze, since they were born from a mechanical repetition of the matrix, are paradoxically more "serial" compared to the marble copies in which the reproduction requires the intervention of the chisel.

In the same way, 3D scanning and printing guarantees fidelity to the original more than any marble copy.

 


P. Moreno, Ercole Farnesi, in "Encyclopedia of Ancient Art" (EAA), II, 1994, pp. 489-494.
P. Zanker, Copies in Context. Serial/Portable Classic, 2015.
S. Settis, Supremely Original. Serial/Portable Classic, 2015.

 

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