The Wallace Collection

Talks and Lectures

Brief Encounter: Baroque Masterpieces: Bronzes by Ferdinando Tacca

Wednesday 27th March, 2013

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Price: Admission Free

Ages: All Ages

Lecturer: Jeremy Warren 

Enjoy a talk by Jeremy Warren, Collections and Academic Director, on a masterpiece of Baroque sculpture with a distinguished royal provenance. The powerful composition in bronze, by the 17th-century Florentine sculptors Pietro and Ferdinando Tacca, shows the classical hero Hercules grappling with the river god Achelo�s, transformed into the form of a bull. It is one of a series of large bronzes depicting stories from the legend of Hercules, two of which, Hercules with the Centaur and with the Bull, are in the Wallace Collection. This superb cast of Hercules with the Bull, a brilliant depiction of combat between man and animal, first recorded in 1689 in the collection of the Grand Dauphin, son of King Louis XIV of France, left the royal collections during the French Revolution. Talks on this work of art will take palce on 27 March and 10 April at 1pm