Royal Masterpiece Loan: Hercules with the Bull
Friday 1st February, 2013 - Sunday 8th September, 2013
Price: Admission Free
A special loan with a fascinating history has recently arrived at the Wallace Collection.Thanks to the generosity of a private collector, visitors to the Wallace Collection can over the coming months admire 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 Acheloüs, 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, 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. This brilliant depiction of a combat between man and animal can now be appreciated and studied alongside the Wallace Collection bronzes
Hercules with the Bull is on display in the Large Drawing Room until 8 September 2013.