Hercules and his myth | Exhibitions | La Venaria Reale

Hercules and his myth

Rooms of the Arts, Second floor

The exhibition illustrates the figure of Hercules with a selection of extraordinary paintings and art objects created in classical antiquity and between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Some of these works will be on display in Italy for the very first time, on loan from private Italian and international collections.

These works are testimony of the great fortune of the iconography and narrative of Hercules and key episodes of his life, and celebrate the powerful fascination with his image across the centuries.

The exhibition also marks the end of the restoration of the "Fountain of Hercules", that lies at the heart of the 17th century Gardens of the Reggia, dominated by Hercules Colossus, now presented to the public as one of the last stages of the great restoration of La Venaria.

The display ends with an overview of the renewed interest for the myth of Hercules in recent years, through great film productions in Cinecittà in the Sixties and more recently in Hollywood.


Exhibition organized by: Swiss Lab for Culture Projects and Consorzio Residenze Reali Sabaude, in collaboration with Basel AntikenMuseum, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples

Curatorial-scientific committees: Friedrich-Wilhelm von Hase (Chair), Gabriele Barucca, Claudio Strinati, Laura Pasquini, Gerhard Schmidt, Rüdiger Splitter, Paola Venturelli

Film section direction: Angelo Bozzolini

Where
Rooms of the Arts, Second floor
When
Thursday, 13 September 2018 to Sunday, 10 March 2019

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