Florence: Hercules

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In the Loggia Dei Lanzi stands the impressive marble sculpture of a scene from Greek mythology – Hercules defeating the centaur Nessus. The sculpture is the work of the 16th century Mannerist sculptor Jean Boulogne Giambologna. Sculpted in 1599 from a single block of marble, the sculpture stands upon a marble plinth and depicts Hercules standing over the centaur. In Greek mythology, Nessus was killed by a poisoned arrow shot by Hercules and not defeated in the manner depicted.

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