The muscular figure gazing to the right holding three apples in his left hand and a club in his right.
height 78in (198cm)
The Twelve Labors were Hercules' penance for killing his own children when he was driven mad by Hera. Shown here is the eleventh labor-- Hercules holding the golden apples stolen from the gardens of the Hesperides nymphs.
The offered figure is after the 2nd century BC gilt bronze, now housed in the Musei Capitolini, Rome. It was probably first excavated in late 14th century, and first recorded in the Palazzo dei Conservatori 1510, where it stands today. During the Renaissance, its great popularity was likely due to the large size of the casting, which stands almost eight feet tall.