ALGARDI, Alessandro
(b. 1598, Bologna, d. 1654, Roma)

Heracles and the Hydra

Bronze, height 32 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Algardi, the distinguished baroque sculptor was commissioned by restoring several antique sculptures, among them a group of Heracles and the Hydra (presently in the Museo Capitolino in Rome). Later he executed several versions of the same subject. His sculpture in the Budapest museum is one of the best of this series.