Florence, Italy

Hercules with the centaur Nessus, Rape of the Sabine Women

Hercules and the CentaurPerseus is accompanied by two other memorable masterpieces of mannerism: The Rape of the Sabine Women and Hercules Fighting the Centaur Nessus.

They're both complex works by Giambologna, notable for the way in which tension and movement are communicated.

With these sculptures of an almost exasperated virtuosity, created solely for the pleasure of the prince as well as to fascinate spectators, ends the tradition started in the Renaissance of placing in the loggia only images of biblical and historical personalities, put there only by virtue of their civic functions.