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Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes: M.10-1951

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Titles

Infant Hercules Strangling Snakes

Maker(s)

Fanelli, Francesco (Sculptor)

Description

Copper alloy, probably brass, cast, and chased. The infant Hercules kneels on his left knee, holding one snake in his left hand above his head, whilst pinning another to the ground with his other hand. On a rough base, hole in left side of head, in the snake held in the left hand, and in the left side of his body.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Percy Moore Turner

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Length: 12.5 cm

Relative size of this object

12.5 cm20.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1951) by Turner, Percy Moore

Dating

Mid-late 17th Century
After 1630 CE - Before 1700 1700 CE

Note

Anglo-Italian, previously called Venetian, first half of the 16th century. Fanelli was born in Florence in 1577, was active in Genoa from 1605-30, came to England and worked for Charles I, and was last documented here in 1641. The attribution of the Hercules to Fanelli is based on its close similarity to a fountain design by Fanelli, published in his 'Varie Architeture' (Antwerp, n.d., plate 19).

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Materials used in production

probably brass Copper alloy Brass (alloy)

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably brass, cast, and chased
Chasing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-1951
Primary reference Number: 13922
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_10_1951
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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