It is in white marble, the remains of a statue of Hercules in repose, by Apollinus, son of Miston or Nestor of Athens, as stated in the Greek inscription on the base, so that it must belong to the great age of Greece. It is remarkable for every beauty possible in a single form, and combines the most opposite excellencies, such as energy and grace, strength and elasticity. Michael Angelo called himself the pupil of the Torso. He copied the details and the general effect in his figure of St. Bartholomew in the "Last Judgment;" and it is related that in his extreme old age, when he was almost blind, he still liked to trace those outlines with his trembling fingers, at which he had so often gazed with admiration.--Viardot, Wonders of Sculpture, Pp. 121, 122. [P. 8.]
1875. Descriptive Catalogue of Statuary, on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society Rooms, Athenaeum Buildings, St. Paul and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co. Publishers, Booksellers, Printers and Stationers. 182 Baltimore Street, 1875.